Duenas starts prison term for wife's murder

Mark G. Duenas, 53, of Cottonwood was transferred last week from Shasta County Jail to Deuel Vocational Institution to start a state prison sentence of 25 years to life, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported.

Following a re-trial in November after a first jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict, Duenas was found guilty of murdering his wife Karen at the couple’s home in May 2012.

An appeal is forthcoming, his attorney said at sentencing.

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