The husband of a Lynnwood woman was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison Thursday for her murder.

A jury convicted David Pietz last month for the 2006 murder of his wife, Nicole.

A judge sentenced Pietz to 220 months, or 18 years and four months -- the maximum possible sentence.

Nicole s body was found dumped in a wooded area of Burien in 2006. Her husband was the prime suspect from day one, but police had no direct evidence tying him to the crime and spent six years building their case.

David has always maintained his innocence, saying he and Nicole went to bed together and, when he woke up, she was gone. The prosecution built its case against his character, pointing out his lies and saying he was a partygoer who wanted out of the marriage because Nicole wasn t wilder.

David told different stories about the night of his wife's disappearance to different people and didn t actively help in the search for her body. He also refused to testify in his own defense.

The defense pointed to Nicole s past as a prescription drug addict who may have relapsed. They said she had been prescribed hundreds of painkillers for a back problem. However, the medical examiner only found a trace in her system.

All of the evidence against David was circumstantial, but prosecutors say his abuse history and lack of action after his wife s alleged disappearance provide a motive.
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