A woman who authorities say killed her husband and dismembered his body has been sentenced in an Ohio courtroom to life in prison.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports 50-year-old Marcia Eubank, of Coventry Township, pleaded guilty to murder, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse charges in December. Eubank was sentenced Friday in Akron. She'll be eligible for parole in 20 years.
“This was a very difficult situation,” Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said in a press release, quoted by the Beacon Journal. “My heart goes out to the family. However, Mrs. Eubank needs to be accountable for her actions. She killed her husband, hid the body, and lied for six months about what happened. If not for her son finding his father’s body, what she did may still be secret today.”
Prosecutors say she shot 54-year-old Howard Eubank during a domestic dispute in June 2017, used power and hand tools to cut up his body, and placed his remains in storage containers.
The couple's adult son found one of the containers the following December.
Family and neighbors thought Howard Eubank was driving a truck in Texas during those months.
To keep up the illusion that Howard Eubank was still alive, Marcia Eubank would allegedly sign into his Facebook account and message family members, telling them all was well down in the heart of Texas.
"There was another post from his Facebook to Marcia's Facebook saying he missed her," said Jonathon Eubank, Howard’s son from a previous marriage, said in a 2017 interview with ABC affiliate News 5 Cleveland.
A defense attorney said Eubank was physically and mentally abused by her husband.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
[Photo: Summit County Police]
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