MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Prosecutors say a Memphis man has been sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of his estranged wife in 2012.
The Shelby County district attorney's office said Tuesday that 49-year-old John Simmons pleaded guilty as his trial was about to begin on Monday.
Brendia Simmons was found dead on July 19, 2012, in the bedroom of a home.
Investigators said John Simmons had called his daughter and his mother and told them he intended to kill his wife.
Prosecutors with the district attorney's domestic violence unit and a special prosecution unit handled the case.