A 6th District judge says he won't shorten the sentence for a Pocatello man convicted of the murder of his estranged wife.
The Idaho State Journal reports an attorney for Michael Sparks asked Judge Stephen Dunn on Monday to reduce the indeterminate portion of his sentence to 10 years.
Sparks pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder earlier this year in connection with the death of Judith Johnson in 2011. He was sentenced to life in prison, with the judge saying he would be eligible for parole after serving at least 20 years.
Sparks wanted the judge to reduce the total sentence to 30 years, with 20 fixed, but Dunn refused. The judge said he wants Sparks to remain under the supervision of law enforcement if he is ever paroled.
Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com