November 19th, 2010
05:34 PM ET

Former sheriff's deputy gets life for killing wife, day laborer

A former Georgia sheriff's deputy convicted of murdering his wife and a day laborer in 2008 was sentenced Friday to two consecutive life sentences plus five years in prison.

That means that Derrick Yancey, 51, will have to serve at least 60 years before he is eligible for parole.

Yancey showed no emotion as a Superior Court judge imposed the sentence for the murders of Linda Yancey, 44, who was also a sheriff's deputy, and Marcial Cax-Puluc, 23, a day laborer from Guatemala.

The defendant told police that he shot Cax-Puluc in self-defense after
the day laborer had shot his wife. Prosecutors argued that Yancey was the lone gunman and that he hired Cax-Puluc as part of an elaborate plan to kill his wife.


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