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Husband convicted in wife’s murder

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

PEORIA (AP) – A former Baptist missionary accused of shooting his wife to death on Valentine’s Day of last year was found guilty of first-degree murder.

The Journal Star reports the jury deliberated for about 90 minutes Monday before finding Nathan Leuthold guilty in the death of 39-year-old Denise Leuthold.

Leuthold was accused of shooting his wife in their Peoria home so he could pursue an affair with a 21-year-old Lithuanian woman whom he and his wife sponsored to study in the U.S.

Leuthold faces 45 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 10.

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