COLUMBIA, Mo. (TCD) -- A 26-year-old man convicted of killing his wife and burying her body pleaded guilty this week to child abuse and other charges.
KRCG-TV reports Joseph Elledge entered the plea Tuesday, Feb. 22, of abuse of a child, first-degree endangerment of a child, and third-degree domestic assault. A Boone County judge sentenced Elledge to 10 years in prison for the charges. KMIZ-TV reports Elledge initially pleaded not guilty in March 2020. A grand jury said in the indictment Elledge caused "a child less than 18-year-old, to suffer physical injury as a result of abuse by grabbing or striking the child," according to KMIZ.
Elledge was convicted in November of killing his 28-year-old wife Mengqi Ji and was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the second-degree murder charge.