Stacy Robert Willis sentenced in murder of former girlfriend

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LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 News) –  A man who pleaded guilty to the murder of his former girlfriend last summer was sentenced to prison on Monday in Logan. 

According to court documents, Stacy Robert Willis was sentenced in 1st District Court to 15 years to life in the death of Marrilee Cox-Lafferty. 

Willis, 42, of Hyrum, was arrested for the murder in September 2018 after Logan City police investigated the case for almost a month. Willis was arrested after Merrilee’s body was recovered from a shallow grave in Blacksmith Fork Canyon. 

Lafferty’s family had reported her missing on August 21, just days after the family said she had been fighting with Willis. A friend later reported to police that he had murdered the woman.

Willis was originally charged with nine crimes including aggravated murder and obstruction of justice.

Willis had previously served time in the Utah State Prison for firing a gun in the parking lot of a North Logan Walmart in 2014.

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