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March 26, 2013 10:14 am

Earlier: Myron Friday sentenced to life in prison for murdering wife

Written by CJ Baker

Myron J. Friday has been sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole, for murdering his wife in Cody in February 2012.

Friday pleaded guilty to first-degree murder at a Tuesday morning hearing in Park County's District Courtroom and received the sentence as part of a plea agreement with the Park County Attorney's Office.

Friday admitted being responsible for Julie Friday's murder on Feb. 26, 2012, and did not dispute prosecutors' narrative of the case: that he repeatedly stabbed his wife to death with a Phillips screwdriver.

Deputy Park County Attorney Tim Blatt said 44-year-old Julie Friday's blood was found on Myron Friday's pants, socks and shoe when he was arrested by Cody police at an acquaintance's house the day after the murder.

Two of Julie Friday's children spoke at Tuesday's sentencing hearing, with one calling Myron Friday a "monster."

Shandal Veach said no sentence would make up for the loss of her mother.

"I feel like I've been robbed not only of my mom, but also of the joy in my life," said Brandi Veach, Julie Friday's oldest daughter. The two daughters recalled their mother as kind, outgoing and someone who was always there for them.

Myron Friday gave a brief statement in which he apologized.

"I would just like to say to the families, to the loved ones, I am so sorry for taking the life of your loved one," he said.

District Court Judge Robert Skar accepted the plea agreement. Skar told Julie Friday's family that he couldn't bring her back, but he told Myron Friday he could ensure that "you're not around to do this to anybody else." Skar did note Friday may be released if the state of Wyoming determines he has been rehabilitated.

The crowded courtroom devolved into an ugly scene after the hearing concluded and the judge left the room.

Myron Friday yelled something in Arapaho to his family members in the audience, to which one of Julie Friday's family members yelled, "F--- you." That prompted one of Myron Friday's family members to refer to them as "white f----ers." Many law enforcement personnel -- from both the Cody Police Department and the Park County Sheriff's Office -- were present in the courtroom and worked to keep the groups separate and restore calm.

Prior to the plea deal being reached, Park County Attorney Bryan Skoric had been seeking the death penalty in the case and an up-to-five-week trial had been set to start in May.

The Tribune will have a more complete story in Thursday's edition.

Editor's note: This version corrects the quote from Judge Skar to note he said "you're not going to be around to do this to anybody else" and not "you're not going to be allowed to do this to anyone else."

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