DANBURY, Conn. (AP) _ A man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for the slaying of his wife nearly three decades ago.

Seventy-year-old John Heath of Bridgewater was convicted in October of killing his wife, Elizabeth, whose skeletal remains were found three years ago under a barn floor on their former property in Newtown.

The judge sentenced Heath on Wednesday in Danbury Superior Court.

Heath said he did not know what happened to his wife when she vanished in 1984, shortly after he filed for divorce.

Heath, who was arrested in 2012 after his wife’s body was found, has indicated he intends to appeal the conviction.

The medical examiner’s office determined that Elizabeth Heath died from blows to the head.

A year after she disappeared, Heath married a woman who babysat their daughter.

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