DENVER — A Thornton man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife has been sentenced to 36 years in prison.

The Denver Post reports ( ) 50-year-old Hector Frias was sentenced Friday for the Dec. 20 death of 48-year-old Norma Frias. Deputies found the woman shot in the head in her husband’s SUV after they were called to a fender bender.

Investigators say Hector Frias was found several hours later drunk and covered in blood.

According to an arrest affidavit, he told investigators, “It’s my fault. I did it, but it was an accident.”

Deputy District Attorney Brett Martin told the court that the couple’s marriage was deteriorating and Norma Frias had decided to leave.

Information from: The Denver Post,

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