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Flagstaff man who confessed to wife’s murder to be sentenced

Flagstaff man who confessed to wife’s murder to be sentenced

The husband of a Flagstaff woman whose remains were found last week is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 10.

Daniel Paduchowski pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is expected to be sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Police located the body of Kelly Paduchowski, 45, around 10 a.m. on July 5, but declined to say where her body was found or who discovered it, citing an ongoing investigation.

At a news conference last week, Coconino County Prosecutor Michael Tunink said the victim’s husband, Daniel Paduchowski, had agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder, tampering with evidence, attempting to conceal a body and possession of a controlled substance.

Flagstaff officers arrested the victim’s husband, Daniel Paduchowski, on Tuesday after authorities spoke with family and witnesses and processed evidence, police said.

The arrest came after data from Kelly Paduchowski’s cellphone placed the device in the Schultz Creek Trail area around 10:20 a.m. on June 3, police said, while Daniel Paduchowski was observed in the same area around 11:30 a.m.

Around 12:13 p.m., the plane returned to the couple’s home in Coconino Estates, police said. Kelly Paduchowski and Daniel Paduchowski’s white Mazda CX-5 was spotted around 1:30 p.m. at Campbell Mesa Trail Head, police said.

Tunink said Paduchowski cooperated with questioning and led police to Kelly’s body, cellphone, keys and the gun allegedly used to kill her. Tunink added that the deal with Paduchowski would require him to serve the full 16-year sentence, although a judge would have to approve it.

Police said Paduchowski gave false testimony and tried to mislead the investigation as they searched for his wife’s body.

Drones, ATV patrols, search dogs and more than 60 volunteer search teams were used to try to locate Kelly, police said. Witnesses, many of them Kelly’s neighbors, helped provide information and testimony that proved critical in questioning Daniel Paduchowski, police said.

Republic reporter Rey Covarrubias Jr. contributed to this article.