A Gordo man accused of killing and dismembering his ex-wife’s body was sentenced Friday to serve 25 years in prison.
A jury convicted David Todd Stephens, 37, of manslaughter and abuse of a corpse after a jury trail held in Hale County Circuit Court in October.
Stephens was convicted of killing Tonya Hyche Stephens, setting her body on fire before burying her near his parents’ house in Pickens County. An autopsy revealed that she had been stabbed.
Hale County Circuit Court Judge Collins Pettaway sentenced Stephens to 15 years in prison for the manslaughter conviction and 10 years for the corpse abuse. The sentences will be served concurrently.