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Ron Meadow pleads guilty to manslaughter for 1985 killing of his estranged wife

Ron Meadow

The man who had a 2014 conviction for the 1985 death of his estranged wife tossed out on appeal has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Ron Meadow, who was arrested in 2013 when DNA evidence linked him to the strangulation of Colleen Meadow in 1985, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter on Tuesday.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said the guilty plea came with an agree upon sentence of 5 to 15 years. With the plea agreement Meadow also waives his right to an appeal, Fitzpatrick said.

Authorities said Colleen Meadow was found tied up and choked to death in her apartment on Syracuse's North Side in May of 1985. Ron Meadow told investigators in 1985 that he was driving outside Syracuse for hours during a snow storm before his wife was slain. In 2013 prosecutors used DNA evidence gathered from skin cells found underneath Colleen Meadow's fingernails to link Ron Meadow to her murder.

Meadow moved to Georgia after his wife's death and had remarried twice.

Sentencing for Meadow is scheduled for March 8.

A judge sentenced Meadow to 25 years to life for his wife's death in 2014, but the murder conviction that preceded that sentencing was tossed out upon appeal.

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