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Leuthold sentenced to 80 years in prison for killing wife

Nathan Leuthold was sentenced to 80 years in prison Wednesday for killing his wife Denise on Valentine’s Day last year. The 39-year-old Peoria man showed little emotion as Peoria Circuit Judge Kevin Lyons handed down the sentence. Lyons described Leuthold’s actions with his mistress surrounding his wife’s murder as ‘gut-wrenching’ and ‘stunning.’  A family member of Denise Leuthold also read a message in court for Denise’s parents:

“We’re devastated that Nathan lied and deceived us after we have loved him for so long, and then chose to kill our precious daughter. This incomprehensible act of cold blooded murder has changed our lives forever.”

Leuthold himself spoke, saying he didn't have the words to console all those affected by his wife’s murder. Leuthold, a missionary, says he will continue to pray on the matter. Peoria County State’s Attorney Jerry Brady says Leuthold’s behavior was outrageously hypocritical before and after his wife’s killing. The court will consider an appeal on the Leuthold case Friday at 11.