Wichita man who murdered wife, dumped body sentenced to 'Hard 50'

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Donnell Stafford (left) and Leuh Moore Donnell Stafford (left) and Leuh Moore
Police investigating where homicide occurred in the 1100 block of West Dayton Police investigating where homicide occurred in the 1100 block of West Dayton
The body of 37-year-old Leuh Moore was found in a dumpster behind a liquor store at 1701 S Seneca on April 8, 2018 The body of 37-year-old Leuh Moore was found in a dumpster behind a liquor store at 1701 S Seneca on April 8, 2018
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A 31-year-old Wichita man who killed his wife and dumped her body behind a local business has been sentenced to life in prison.

A jury in October found Donnell Stafford guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 37-year-old Leuh Moore. Stafford was sentenced Thursday and will not be eligible for parole for 50 years. 

Stafford stabbed Moore to death early on a Sunday morning in April and placed her body in a dumpster behind a liquor store less than a mile south of their home near Kellogg and Seneca. Stafford was captured two days later at a hotel in Davenport, Iowa.

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Investigators have said Moore's 7-year-old son was home when she was killed. Stafford then took the boy to a relative's house, where he was found safe.

Stafford was also found guilty on two counts of animal cruelty. He was sentenced to a year in jail for each count, which will run concurrently to the life sentence. 

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