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McDowell County man pleads guilty in wife's shooting death

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MCDOWELL, W.Va. (WVVA)- A local man who killed his wife and then tried to take his own life has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Robert Johnson, 69, of McDowell County faces 10 to 40 years in prison for the August 2011 shooting death of 67-year old Patricia Johnson.

Prosecutors say Robert Johnson shot his wife in the back of her head while she was sitting in front of a computer at their home in O'Toole.

He then drove to his brother's home and later shot himself under the chin -- however, his dentures deflected the bullet, saving his life.

Johnson will be sentenced in June.

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