MARENGO, Iowa (AP) --- A rural Blairstown man convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal 2009 shooting of a woman who was involved in a relationship with the man and his wife has been sentenced to a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

Tonch Weldon was sentenced on Monday in Iowa County District Court in Marengo. Weldon was accused of killing Amy Gephart in front of his wife, Amanda, after his wife threatened to leave him for Gephart. Tonch Weldon then shot himself, but survived.

A jury convicted Weldon in July after deliberating the case for nearly five days.

Gephart's family did not make a statement and Tonch Weldon did not speak during sentencing.


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