William Hurst gets life in prison for killing wife, Amy Rose Hurst 30 years ago

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - A man has been sentenced to life in prison three decades after his wife's body was recovered from the Gulf of Mexico.

A Pasco County judge sentenced William Hurst on Thursday after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder.

Authorities say 29-year-old Amy Rose Hurst disappeared from her New Port Richey home in September 1982.

William Hurst was questioned, but police couldn't prove a crime without a body.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the body was found several months later off the coast of Anna Maria Island, but she wasn't identified until 2011, when her son submitted a DNA sample.

After that, detectives tracked Hurst to Kentucky and used secret recordings to build their case.

Hurst told a friend that his wife's death was an accident, but he panicked and called some friends who were cocaine dealers to get rid of the body.

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