Mitchell Man Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for Killing Wife


A Mitchell man who admitted to killing his wife will spend nearly two decades behind bars. A judge sentenced 41-year-old James Brinker to 18 years in prison on Tuesday.

That sentence is part of a plea agreement for first-degree manslaughter in the 2017 death of Marie Brinker.

Authorities say Brinker wrapped his wife in a blanket, put a sock in her mouth, and tied a belt around her head which caused her to suffocate.

Brinker received credit for two years served in the Davison County Jail.

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