Neldon Neal

Neldon Neal, who led lawmen on a 62-day manhunt after killing his wife in 2007, received a sentence Wednesday that means he’ll never leave prison.

Neal, 62, received a sentence of 30 years from Circuit Judge Tracy Storie, who heard the case in Waynesville on a change of venue from Texas County. Neal was found guilty in October of voluntary manslaughter of his wife, Judy, at their Highway 32 trailer at Roby. After the shooting, Neal fled into the woods and was later captured in Laclede County along a remote area on the Gasconade River.

Neal earlier this year received a 17-year federal sentencing for possessing a weapon as a felon. The charge was triggered by the death of his wife. The gun was found on the roof of a nearby trailer after Neal told officers of its location.

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