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Paul Gillette found guilty of murder

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Amarillo, TX - Paul Gillette was found guilty by a Potter County jury of murdering his wife.

The jury handed down the verdict at 3:30 Friday afternoon. Sentencing has been scheduled for Monday.

Gillette was accused of beating and strangling his wife, Sherri inside their home on the 2000 block of Las Tecovas St. near Bushland.

Her body was found in the early morning hours of Aug. 22, 2010.

Sheriff's deputies were tipped off to her home when a witness on the phone with Sherri as she pulled into her garaged said their call ended abruptly.

When authorities arrived, they found her body on the floorboard of her SUV. She had apparently been beaten and strangled.

The prosecutor says Gillette was sitting inside her garage when deputies arrived. He was taken into custody without incident.

Prosecutors indicate a marriage in crisis and financial distress as motives for murder. At the time his wife was killed, the couple were in the process of getting a divorce.

Also, Gillette had just been released from prison, serving 30 months on a 2007 conviction for structuring financial transactions to avoid an audit with his former career as a home builder.

Gillette had also filed for bankruptcy 3 times prior to his wife's death.

The prosecution used surveillance video from a nearby home to show the events leading up to Sherri's death.