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Man sentenced to life in prison after killing wife when she refused to appear on TV show

Man sentenced to life in prison after killing wife when she refused to appear on TV show

He has been found guilty of murdering his 39-year-old wife

A man has been sentenced to life behind bars for murdering his wife over a TV show dispute.

Florida man David Tronnes' six-day trial concluded on Wednesday (18 October) following the death of his 39-year-old wife Shanti Cooper-Tronnes in 2018.

The jury took five hours to deliberate ahead of Tronnes' guilty conviction, with the judge going on give him a life-long prison sentence.

Ahead of Cooper-Tronnes untimely passing, her spouse had expressed hopes of going on the TV show Zombie House Renovations after splashing the cash on doing up their home.

But Cooper-Tronnes didn't want to go on the show, which sparked issues in their marriage.

Their fallout led to the pair sleeping in different beds while the home was being renovated.

They were living in one-bedroom studio apartment while the work was being carried out.

The tensions continued to rise between the married couple, with Tronnes, 55, going on to beat and strangle his wife - ultimately leading to her death on 24 April, 2018.

David Tronnes was given a life sentence.
WESH 2 News/YouTube

Evidence during the trail showed that Tronnes had tried to clean up prior to the police coming to the property.

After Cooper-Tronnes' murder and he 'claimed he found his wife in the bathtub after spending the day cleaning and walking his dogs', as per a news release from the State Attorney of the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida.

However, a medical examiner went on to argue that facial injuries, blood evidence and bruises on the victim’s eyes proved Cooper-Tronnes' real cause of death.

Investigators with the Orlando Police Department noticed inaccuracies with Tronnes’ story.

They also said that Tronnes 'showed little remorse' during his interrogation and 'never shed a tear over his wife’s death'.

He went on to be arrested and charged with murder four months later.

Shanti Cooper-Tronnes was murdered in April 2018.
Orlando Police Department

Over five years on from Cooper-Tronnes' murder, her family have finally got justice.

As per WESH 2 News, her son Jackson said: "It’s five years of struggle and pain lifted off of our shoulders.

"It feels good inside that [Tronnes] finally where he is and now that we can move on knowing that he’s where he’s supposed to be and where he’s meant to be."

Tronnes will spend the rest of his days behind bars in the Florida Department of Corrections.

If you are experiencing domestic violence, please know that you are not alone. You can talk in confidence 24 hours a day on the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which you can reach by calling 1.800.799.SAFE (7233), or you can text 'START' to 88788.

Featured Image Credit: Orlando Police Department

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