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Man who shot wife, told police she shot herself sentenced to prison

Posted: 11:44 AM, Feb 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-04 18:56:30Z
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DENVER — A man is facing 48 years in prison after shooting his wife in the head and then telling authorities she had shot herself .

Cain Wilkens, 45, was sentenced to 48 years in prison on Jan. 25 for the death of his wife, Clarissa Wilkens, 30.

Around 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 21, 2018, officers responded to a home on the 1500 block of S. Albion Street in response to a reported attempted suicide. Wilkens said his wife had tried to shoot herself after a birthday party at their home.

Responding officers found Clarissa Wilkens dead in a bedroom. They also found evidence of a scuffle, including a broken picture frame and items that had been tipped over.

Cain Wilkens was arrested on Jan. 22 and charged with first-degree murder .

He was found guilty on Nov. 20 of shooting his wife in the head after a birthday party at their home on the 1500 block of S. Albion Street on Jan. 21, 2018. After a five-day jury trial, he was found guilty of second-degree murder .