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Husband of 'Pearl Lady' gets minor charge in plea deal

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CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

The husband of a woman whose body was found in the Ohio River eight years ago has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

James Precht had been accused of lying to police investigating the death of his wife, who is known as the “Pearl Lady,” before agreeing to a plea deal on Thursday. That deal reduced his obstruction of official business charge to disorderly conduct.

Precht's wife Barbara was identified in November as the woman pulled from the Ohio River in 2006. One of the few clues authorities had to release to the public as they tried to identify her was the pearl necklace she wore.

Precht was arrested Nov. 13 after he refused to cooperate with detectives when they tried to talk to him at his Corryville residence, according to court documents.

The disorderly conduct charge came with a 25-day sentence in jail, 21 of which Precht has already served since his arrest.

Barbara's cause of death has yet to be determined and police say they are still investigating why Precht never filed a missing persons report.

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