Minden Woman gets Life for Killing Husband, Aircraft Mechanic

MINDEN, Nev. (AP) - A Minden woman convicted of killing her husband and dumping his body in the desert in 2006 was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Karen Bodden, 45, received an additional 10-year sentence for using a firearm in the shooting death of her husband, Robin, 50, an aircraft mechanic at the Minden-Tahoe Airport.

Douglas County District Court Judge Dave Gamble sentenced her, making her eligible for parole in 24 years. The sentences will run consecutively.

The victim was shot twice in the head in August 2006 with a .22-caliber weapon that was never recovered.

Authorities believe Bodden killed him in an airport hangar Aug. 15-16 because she had been embezzling money from his business and personal accounts 10 months before he died. She continued to take
money after his death.

The prosecution claimed Bodden was afraid her husband would turn
her in to authorities, and she would go to prison for violating probation on a previous embezzlement conviction. She was convicted in 2004 of embezzling $44,000 from the Department of Motor Vehicles and given five years probation.

Barbara Bodden was the first to report her brother missing, contacting the Douglas County sheriff's office on Aug. 27, 2006. According to Karen Bodden, she didn't report her husband's absence because the couple was having marital problems and she was going to leave him.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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