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FIRST ON KHQ.COM: Clay Starbuck Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole

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Clay Starbuck entering the courtroom on Thursday afternoon. Clay Starbuck entering the courtroom on Thursday afternoon.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

UPDATE: A Spokane County judge has sentenced Clay Starbuck to life in prison without the possibility of parole for torturing and killing his ex-wife.
    
The 48-year-old Deer Park man was convicted by a jury last month and sentenced on Thursday.
    
Starbuck was convicted of killing 42-year-old Chanin Starbuck in December 2011 and sexually violating her remains. She was the mother of five children.
    
Her body was discovered in her home on Dec. 3, 2011, posed in a sexually suggestive manner.
    
Prosecutors contended Clay Starbuck was a jealous, greedy, angry man who took out his frustrations on his ex-wife.
    
Defense attorneys argued that any DNA that linked Starbuck to the scene remained from when he lived in the home. Clay Starbuck says he plans to appeal his conviction.

After testimony from Clay Starbuck's former in-laws as well as his children and other family members, Judge Greg Sypolt gave the sentence and included an order requested by prosecutors that Starbuck could not have contact with his three minor children.

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Today Clay Starbuck will find out how long he will spend in prison. Starbuck's sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 this afternoon.

Last month a jury convicted Starbuck of murdering his ex-wife Chanin Starbuck. Spokane County Sheriff's deputies found the body of Chanin Starbuck in her Deer Park home in December of 2011.

Clay Starbuck is not only charged with her murder, but he was charged with sexually violating her remains.

According to court documents, Starbuck is recommended to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.

KHQ.com will stream the sentencing LIVE as it happens.

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