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A Sedgwick County judge sentenced Michael Williams to life in prison on Friday for the murder of former law enforcement officer Sean Christopher Putnam of Wichita.
Williams, 38, was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of Putnam, whose body was found buried in a yard in Oaklawn in December of 2010. Williams won't be eligible for parole for 25 years.
Williams' co-defendant, Deborah Weiss, entered a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter.
Williams claimed at his trial that he and Weiss were afraid of Putnam, who was their roommate. Williams shot Putnam and later disposed of the body in a shallow grave.
The sentencing hearing was held in the courtroom of Judge Gregory Waller.