Charlotte man sentenced to 20 years for killing wife

Mar. 22, 2013 @ 05:01 PM

CHARLOTTE — A Charlotte disc jockey has been sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for the death of his wife, whose body was found in the couple's home several weeks after she died.

Brandon Blakeney entered an Alford plea in court in Charlotte on Thursday. An Alford plea does not admit guilty, but does acknowledge there is enough evidence for a conviction.

Blakeney was sentenced to between 20 years and 25 years in prison.

Prosecutors say he strangled Catherine Blakeney, 34, in 2011 and lived in their home with her body for several weeks. Her body was found in an upstairs bedroom a few days after Christmas.

Investigators think Catherine Blakeney died around Dec. 8 or Dec. 9, when she stopped answering text messages from family and friends.

A prosecutor said Brandon Blakeney also used a debit card his wife had been issued to collect unemployment benefits.

A letter from her parents was read in court.

"We couldn't even see our beloved daughter at the end because she was dead for three weeks," the letter said. "You even killed her dog. What did that dog ever do to you?"

Brandon Blakeney had worked as a DJ in Charlotte clubs.