Ronald Rogers sentenced to 30 years in prisonFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - 30 years behind bars. That's the sentencing handed down Monday to Ronald Rogers Junior of Fargo.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - 30 years behind bars. That's the sentencing handed down Monday to Ronald Rogers Junior of Fargo.
He pled guilty in September to killing his wife and staging it as a suicide.
It was a volley back and forth among the defense and prosecution Monday morning as they gave sentencing recommendations.
In the end, the judge would hand down a stiffer penalty.
Tristan Van de Streek- Prosecuting Attorney: "There is no more serious crime than murder. Elizabeth Rogers is dead because of what the defendant did."
Defense Attorney Ross Brandborg recommended Rogers spend 17 years behind bars.
Ross Brandborg- Defense Attorney: "Mr. Rogers has led a law-abiding life. He has been strong with the church."
Prosecuting Attorney Tristan Van De Streek pushed for 25 years.
Van de Streek: “Text messages to the court indicate Elizabeth was trying to leave the scene."
In the end, District Judge Lisa Fair McEvers would raise the bar to 30 years saying: “It’s a violation of trust in a relationship between a husband and a wife."
In September, Rogers pled guilty to shooting his 40-year-old wife Elizabeth in the head.
Van de Streek: "When he pulled the trigger, he knew what was going to happen."
…And then placing the gun in her hand.
Van de Streek: "I’m very pleased with the outcome today. I think the judge considered all the relevant sentencing factors, applied them to Mr. Rogers and came up with a fair sentence."
Brandborg: "We were disappointed. We understand where the judge was coming from. It's a serious crime."
Brandborg says they will appeal the sentencing.
Rogers will serve 85% of sentencing; meaning he'll spend 25 years behind bars.