Arlington woman confesses to killing husband, burying him in backyard

EVERETT — In a Snohomish County courtroom on July 11, Michele Donohue pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, confessing that she killed her husband, Byron Wright, in 2004 and buried him in the backyard of their Arlington home.

After years of Donohue claiming that Wright had left her for a younger woman, a tip from a jail informant led Snohomish County sheriff's detectives to Wright's dismembered body in February, buried under two feet of dirt and a cement floor inside a plastic tote and two bags.

When Donohue remarried, she confessed to stabbing Wright to her new husband, who enlisted two of his buddies in helping him dig up the body and rebury it under a shop floor.

Although Donohue faces a maximum of 18 years when she's sentenced later this month, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Cindy Larsen agreed to recommend a 15-year prison sentence in exchange for Donohue's guilty plea.

For more information, see The Daily Herald's story at Woman admits to killing her husband, burying him in yard.

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