A man who murdered his wife after she searched ‘what to do if your husband is upset you are pregnant’ then went missing has been jailed for life.
Beau Rothwell, 31, killed his wife of four years, Jennifer Rothwell, who was six weeks pregnant at the time.
Rothwell, from Missouri, US, will now serve a life sentence with no chance of parole over the killing of his wife who had gone missing.
The 28-year-old’s body was found badly beaten a week after her husband reported her missing.
Police also previously said Rothwell was caught on camera buying cleaning products a day before Jennifer vanished.
Rothwell testified he hit his wife with a mallet in November 2019.
According to KSDK, St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell said on Friday: “We issued this case of murder first and as was stated in sentencing today, we never made any other offers. That was not an option.
“We felt that this individual needed to be held accountable for his actions and that’s what we were intent on doing.”
Beau Rothwell was found guilty of first degree murder as well as lesser charges earlier this year.
He admitted to killing his wife during the trial but claimed it was not planned and had happened during an argument that got heated over an affair he was having with another woman.
But prosecutors argued he was a careful planner and showed text messages between him and another woman in the months before the murder.
They showed a list he’d compiled of pros and cons of whether he should leave Jennifer.
Rothwell is reported to have said during the sentencing hearing: “To Jennifer’s family, words cannot describe how sorry I am. This should have never happened.”