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A Clairemont man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife received a prison sentence of 25 years to life Friday.

William Earl Nolte, who gained the title of reverend while serving a federal prison term for bank robbery, was given the maximum sentence under his plea bargain.

Nolte, 48, shot Alexandra Carol Nolte, 47, at the couple’s home on Cochise Way in Clairemont on April 13. Although separated, the two still shared the house.

Superior Court Judge Jesus Rodriguez heard tearful testimony Friday from the victim’s relatives, who said Nolte had been violent on other occasions with his wife.

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Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Przytulski said that Nolte fired at his wife at least four times, and she was struck in the back twice.

The plea bargain was negotiated Aug. 16 when Nolte admitted to the slaying, using a gun and having a prior felony conviction.


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