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Farmer who hid husband’s body in manure pile sentenced to 25 years

An Attica woman who killed her husband and hid his body in a pile of manure was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Charlene Mess pled guilty in April to first-degree manslaughter for killing Douglas W. Mess after an argument at their Exchange Street dairy farm in April 2015.

Charlene Mess bludgeoned her husband and stabbed him with a pitchfork before hiding his body in the manure pile.

At the time of her plea two months ago, Wyoming County Court Judge Michael M. Mohun committed to a sentence of 18 to 25 years in prison with up to five years of post-release supervision.

Mess was charged with second-degree murder, evidence tampering and giving a false written statement. Had she gone to trial and been found guilty, she could have faced a sentence maximum of 25 years to life.