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Man Sentenced for Murdering Wife with Semiautomatic Gun

District Attorney Jan Scully recently announced today that the Honorable Cheryl Chun Meegan sentenced 50-year-old Daniel Weddle to 60 years to life in prison.

On November 20, 2013, a jury convicted Weddle for the first degree murder of his wife and it was found true that he personally discharged a firearm during the commission of the murder causing death to the victim. Weddle was also convicted of assault with a semiautomatic firearm on the victim's roommate and it was found true that he personally used the same firearm during the commission of the assault.

Roughly six weeks before the December 1, 2011 murder, Weddle moved out of the apartment he shared with his wife because she told him she wanted to end the marriage. Weddle moved back home with his parents. On the day of the murder, he came to the apartment at his wife's request because she had found some belongings were missing. The wife's roommate was also home.

When Weddle saw some of the family law divorce paperwork that his wife had been working on, he became enraged. He retrieved a handgun from the bedroom, returned to the room where his wife was and pointed the gun at the roommate as leverage to force his wife to sit down. He then shot his wife six times, killing her.