GOLDEN, Colo. - A terminally ill man who pleaded guilty to the murder of his wife was sentenced Wednesday to 48-years in prison.
David Reathman, 65, turned himself in to the Golden Police Department on March 28, three days after his 70-year-old wife Barbara was found dead inside their home at 431 Zeta St. He was originally charged with first-degree murder.
According to an arrest affidavit, David Reathman later told police he strangled his wife after learning he was terminally ill with lung cancer in December. He also told officers he had a gambling problem and had struggled financially for years.
The affidavit said Reathman told police he had contemplated murder-suicide. Reathman told investigators that, after he killed his wife, he tried kill himself by staying outside in the mountains for three nights in hopes of freezing to death. When this failed, he surrendered to police.
In September, the first-degree murder charge was dismissed and Reathman pled guilty to one count of second-degree murder.