The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 28, 2013

Grove man pleads guilty in slaying of 49-year-old wife


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— JAY, Okla. — A Grove man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the slaying of his wife and has drawn a sentence of life in prison.

Prosecutors charged 52-year-old Doyle E. Handle in the May 23 death of 49-year-old Dena Davenport.

Assistant District Attorney Kenny Wright said Wednesday that Handle will have to serve 38 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.Davenport was shot in the head with a shotgun, authorities said.