Man sentenced to life in prison for 1985 murder of his pregnant wife

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AKRON, Ohio -- A man has been sentenced to life in prison 30 years after murdering his wife.

Scott Purk, 53, was found guilty of murder and tampering with evidence last week.

Today, a judge sentenced him to life in prison on the murder charge, and he will be eligible for parole after 15 years. He was also sentenced to three years in prison on the tampering with evidence charge.

Purk must serve the sentences consecutively to the current prison term he is serving for arson.

Authorities said Purk's wife, Margaret Purk, was nine months pregnant when she was found dead in their apartment. At the time, her death was ruled a suicide. In 2009, new evidence was discovered; her body was exhumed, and her death was ruled a homicide.

Investigators said Purk strangled his wife and made it look like she committed suicide.

He's already serving a 28-year prison sentence for setting fire to his home and his neighbor's home in Stow in 2009 to collect insurance money. Police said his children were in the home at the time and were nearly killed. He was convicted of arson, insurance fraud and attempted murder.

While the home was on fire, Scott Purk randomly brought up his first wife's death to an officer on-scene. It's that officer who then decided to look into Margaret's case again.

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