Simms sentenced to life in prison after second conviction for wife's murder

SALISBURY, Md. - A Wicomico County man who was found guilty for a second time for the 1980 murder of  his estranged wife was sentenced Thursday to life imprisonment, the Office of the State's Attorney for Wicomico County announced.

Charles Edward Simms, Sr., 75, was previously convicted more than three decades ago, but the state had granted him a new trial due to problems with the original trial jury's instructions.

On March 29th of this year, Simms was found guilty of first and second degree murder for the second time, the State's Attorney's office said. He will now continue to serve the rest of his life in prison.

In 1980, Simms shot his estranged wife, Darlene Simms, in the back of the head inside their Parsonsburg trailer.

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