Stobaugh Sentenced to 25 Years for Wife's Murder

By Susy Solis and Randy McIlwain
|  Friday, Feb 18, 2011  |  Updated 6:29 PM CDT
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Randy McIlwain, NBCDFW.com

Kathy Stobaugh disappeared in 2004, the last person known to see her alive is her husband who today was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Charles Stobaugh was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Friday morning, two days after he was found guilty of murdering his estranged wife.

Kathy Stobaugh, whose body was never found, disappeared on Dec. 29, 2004, the eve of the couple's divorce.

The jury deliberated on a sentence for most of Thursday afternoon and returned for more deliberations Friday morning before deciding on a sentence around 10 a.m.

Prosecutors called several of her relatives to the stand Thursday for victim impact statements, in which those affected by the crime tell the court how the crime has impacted their lives.

The jury used those statements, as well as statements from the defense, to determine a sentence.

Audible crying was heard in the courtroom as Kathy Stobaugh's father, James Munday, described how his late wife was consumed with finding her daughter until she died in 2008.

"We searched as long as my wife was able to," Munday said. "She grieved for a very, very long time."

Kathy Stobaugh's brothers, Chris and Mark Munday, also made statements.

Defense attorneys called Charles Stobaugh to the stand, but minutes after he was sworn in, the judge announced Stobaugh declined to testify.

By far the most emotional statements of the morning were made by Charee Stobaugh, Charles and Kathy Stobaugh's daughter.

When asked to describe her relationship with her father since her mother's disappearance, she said they had become closer.

"He is the only parent I have left," she said.

However, Charee Stobaugh said dealing with her mother's disappearance was not easy.

"[It's] very difficult, because I don't know where my mom is at, and my dad is the only person of interest, and I just want her to be found," she said.

Charee Stobaugh said the search for her mother will stop with her father's conviction.

She and her brother have lived with their father on his farm since their mother's disappearance. She said it would be very difficult for the siblings to maintain the farm without her father's presence.

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