Man pleads guilty in wife's death

COLUMBUS — Will Porter Jr. decided not to go to trial, and it may have saved his life.

Facing a possible death sentence if convicted of killing his ex-wife, Mary Michelle Porter, with a shotgun on Aug. 19, 2007, Porter pleaded guilty to the crime. He was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Porter had been in custody since the day of the shooting after turning himself in to authorities.

Columbus Police attempted to apprehend Porter at his home hours prior to the shooting, having obtained a warrant for his arrest on charges of aiming a loaded gun at his wife days earlier. However, because they did not physically see him, they were forbidden from entering his home.

The Associated Press