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Elmore pleads guilty to manslaughter; sentenced to 20 years

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) --  Jeffrey Prince Elmore pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection his common-law wife's death, 63-year-old Susan Adkins.

Elmore was originally charged with murder.  Court records indicate he was then sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Jeffrey Prince Elmore

Jeffrey Prince Elmore

Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff's Office said Elmore and Adkins got into a fight over alcohol.  Elmore is accused of stabbing Adkins, then suffocating her with a blanket in June 2013.

Adkins failed to show up for work, so her family asked the sheriff's office to check the couple's home on Laster Lane in Hazel Green.

Deputies found Elmore waiting for them calmly inside the home.

Investigators say they found a suicide note saying Elmore had killed Atkins and himself.  They also found a noose in the back yard of the home, and a ladder.

Adkins was found face up in bed.  They believe she was killed on a Sunday and found  the following Tuesday.

Investigators say Elmore confessed several times on tape.