Man pleads guilty to murdering wife in 2002

Daniel Paynter (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Daniel Paynter (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Kentucky man pled guilty Wednesday to murdering his wife.

Daniel Paynter, 56, of Cynthiana, pled guilty to one count of murder and was immediately sentenced to 18 years to life in prison by Judge Robert Winkler.

Paynter killed his wife, Lori, in December of 2002. She was last seen alive on Dec. 11, 2002 as she was leaving court reporting school in downtown Cincinnati. Her husband reported her missing the next day.

On December 18, 2002, Lori's body was found behind the Bluegrass Inn in Elizabethtown, Ky. The death was ruled a homicide as a result of asphyxiation and multiple gunshot wounds to the head.

Lori's mother, Bonnie Dickerson, spoke with FOX19 after the sentencing.

"I feel like, you know that this is just over now. This is the last chapter of her life," says Dickerson. "I knew that it was him basically from the beginning."

Dickerson says she feels like her daughter is aware of the sentencing too.

"I think she's saying, Mom, you worked hard for this, you did a good job, and he's not going anywhere," says Dickerson.

Paynter was just indicted for her murder in February of this year.

Prosecutors say the arrest and indictment came as a result of "tireless" efforts from several police agencies.

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