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Sonny Lee Howard pleads guilty to killing wife
By David Leone
RALEIGH — A Wake Forest man who killed his wife pleaded guilty to second degree murder Friday.
Judge Howard Manning sentenced Sonny Lee Howard, 43, to serve 13 years to 16 years, seven months in prison, a Wake County District Attorney representative confirmed Monday.
In May 2012, Howard killed his wife Sherry at their rural Wake Forest home, 14925 Creedmoor Road, dragging her body into the backyard and putting it into a pickup truck before fleeing the state.
He was caught in Galax, Va., where he admitted killing her to law enforcement authorities in that state.
Search warrants revealed that a neighbor was home that morning and heard a commotion from next door. She looked outside and saw Sonny Howard load a human body into a pickup truck, get in and drive off.
Deputies found blood on the ground in the back and on the outside of the rear door. Inside, they found multiple guns and types of ammunition.
There were domestic issues between the Howards and there was a domestic dispute between them the night before the murder, the warrant stated.
That information came from the couple’s son, who was at school during the killing.
Howard has been convicted multiple times before, including for robbery with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering, communicating threats, damage to property and other charges.
Several crimes date back to 1986 and state convictions records indicate Howard was a youthful offender.