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Former Evergreen chief sentenced to life in wife's murder

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A former Avoyelles Parish police and fire chief has been sentenced to life in prison for his wife's murder.

A jury earlier this month found Charles Mayeux Jr. guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his second wife, Shelly Mayeux. The conviction comes with an automatic life sentence.

Judge William Bennett handed down the sentence on Tuesday, according to the Avoyelles Parish Clerk of Court.

An autopsy failed to determine a cause of death for Shelly Mayeux but found she died before the March 2015 blaze that destroyed their Evergreen home, according to The Advocate

Charles Mayeux had worked as both police chief and assistant fire chief for Evergreen, a town of about 300 people. The couple lived on the same street as the Evergreen fire station, but prosecutors said during trial that after he called 911 on the night of the fire, he "ran from the first arriving firefighter rather than trying to help extinguish the blaze," The Advocate reported.

Shelly Mayeux worked as a booking officer for the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office, the newspaper according to the newspaper:

Shelly Mayeux often reported to her job at the Sheriff's Office with obvious bruises and other injuries she attributed to her husband's jealous rages. She was encouraged to report her husband for domestic violence, but friends said she was too afraid to do so.

Authorities said Charles Mayeux had a long history of abusing women — including his ex-wife — when they declined to have sex with him.  

Charles Mayeux will serve his sentence with benefit of suspension, probation or parole.

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