A 73-year-old Vancouver man who murdered his wife of 20 years will spend 23 years behind bars.
Victor Frye was sentenced in court Friday. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Jan. 22 for the shooting death of Anita Frye.
The situation all began unfolding Nov. 12.
Victor Frye's son-in-law first called 911 that night to report his wife was talking to him on the phone and he was "very distraught," according to a Clark County probable cause document.
The report shows Victor Frye's daughter and son-in-law said he and his wife had been experiencing marital problems and they believed he may have killed her. They added that a box had appeared on their front porch in Portland containing Victor Frye's will and other items.
Vancouver police responded to the home on Northeast 83rd Avenue and said Victor Frye was sitting in a chair, unresponsive. A woman was lying in the nearby bathroom covered with a blanket.
Investigators said Anita Frye was shot at least twice in the chest and had no signs of life.
Police said Victor Frye admitted that he "snapped" and shot his wife after he found handwritten notes about their divorce and her own plan for their finances.
He covered the woman with a blanket, according to investigators, and then gathered their wills and other financial items. Victor Frye said he wrote a note and included it in a box and drove it all to his daughter's home in Portland and left it on her front porch.
The couple had been experiencing marital problems for upward of five years, according to investigators, and they were sleeping in different rooms.
Court documents showed Victor Frye received social security and a government pension after working in the postal industry.
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