Bethpage man pleads guilty to killing wife

William Walsh, of Bethpage, pleaded guilty to murdering his wife today.

Prosecutors say in October of 2008, Walsh, 29, strangled his wife, Leah Walsh, and hid her body in the woods near the North Hills Country Club. They say he then staged her disappearance.

Walsh choked up in court and told the judge the reason he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder was to spare his wife?s family the grief of a drawn-out trial.

In court today, about 20 of Leah?s family members watched as Walsh admitted to grabbing her neck and choking her until she was dead. Walsh also admitted that he wanted her dead.

Walsh faces 18 years to life in prison when he is sentenced June23.

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