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Myron Friday

Park County sheriff's deputies escort Myron Friday into the courtroom for his arraignment last March.

CODY — A judge in Cody has sentenced a man to life in prison, with the possibility of parole, for the screwdriver stabbing death of his wife.

Under a plea agreement reached with prosecutors, Myron Friday, of Cody, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Tuesday in exchange for not facing the death penalty. Friday was scheduled to go to trial in May.

Friday gave a brief statement in which he apologized for the murder of his wife Julie Friday on Feb. 26, 2012.

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

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"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.

District Court Judge Robert Skar accepted the plea agreement, noting that Friday may be released if the state of Wyoming determines he has been rehabilitated.

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

Myron Friday yelled something to his family in the audience, and one of Julie Friday's family members yelled an expletive at Friday. That prompted an expletive from one of Myron Friday's family members. Police kept the two sides separated.

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