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Longview man, 74, sentenced to life in prison for murdering estranged wife

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Scene of deadly shooting in rural Longview in September 2015 (KPTV file image) Scene of deadly shooting in rural Longview in September 2015 (KPTV file image)
LONGVIEW, WA (KPTV) -

A 74-year-old Longview man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering his estranged wife.

Cleon Orville Moen was convicted by a jury of aggravated murder last week.

He was arrested in September 2015 after killing 57-year-old Michelle Moen. Her body was discovered at a home on the 200 block of Robertson Road.

An autopsy revealed that she died of blunt force head trauma and strangulation.

Her body was found after a family friend called 911 to report he was invited to the home for dinner, but when he arrived, he discovered that Cleon Moen had killed Michelle Moen.

Cleon Moen then attempted to kill himself by attaching an exhaust pipe from his truck to an outbuilding, according to investigators.

A K-9 was deployed to help take him into custody.

Less than a year before the murder, Cleon Moen shot himself with a 12-gauge shotgun he removed from his truck outside the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice. He had just left court following a hung jury on misdemeanor assault-domestic violence charges against him.

A note from Cleon Moen was discovered at the time outlining marital problems and his intention to shoot himself.

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