Pelican Bay woman sentenced for murder of husband

A 63-year-old Pelican Bay woman has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing her husband in 2010 and burying him in the front yard where his body was undiscovered for three years.

Just hours before jury selection was to begin in her murder trial Monday, Neola Robinson reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

After her husband’s employer reported him missing in June of 2010, Robinson told investigators that her husband left with another woman and moved to California. Authorities found no trace of him there.

She later admitted that she killed 57-year-old Ervin “Shorty” Robinson on May 31, 2010. The Star-Telegram says his body was exhumed on July 15, 2013, buried at a depth of just 15 inches.

Ervin Robinson had been married eight times before he met Neola.

She must serve half of her sentence before she is eligible for parole. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed a charge of tampering with evidence.

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