Bethpage man gets 18 years to life for wife's murder

A Bethpage man was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison today for killing his wife and staging her kidnapping in October 2008.

William Walsh pleaded guilty last month to strangling his wife Leah to death in their Bethpage apartment during an argument. Walsh told police he drove his wife?s car to the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway to make it appear that someone abducted her. Prosecutors say Walsh then hid his wife's body in the woods near the North Hills Country Club and publicly pleaded for her safe return.

During today's hearing, Walsh said he was truly sorry and would gladly trade places with Leah if he could.

To see previous News 12 coverage of the case, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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