(September 6, 2007)—Jurors Thursday afternoon in Belton sentenced a Fort Hood soldier convicted of strangling his 23-year-old wife to 65 years in prison.
The jury found Tye Swearingen guilty Wednesday in the October 2006 killing.
He faced up to 99 years in prison.
Swearingen was among the witnesses who testified Thursday in the punishment phase of the trial.
He had originally told police that his wife left the couple’s residence in the 3300 block of Winfield Dr. after an argument and never returned.
But detectives recovered her body three days later, on Oct. 17, 2006.
Prosecutors alleged Swearingen strangled his wife and then held her head in a bathtub full of water to make sure she was dead while the couple’s 2-year-old daughter watched.
Then, they said, he buried her body in an existing grave in a cemetery just outside of Killeen.
Testimony in the trial started Tuesday.