Woman sentenced for killing ex-spouse; faces charges in second death

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 24, 2012 - 6:47 PM

A 39-year-old woman has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for fatally shooting her former husband in his apartment in central Minnesota.

Angelina M. Omara, of Rice, Minn., still faces allegations that she did the same late last year to her boyfriend in a northern Wisconsin motel room a few days later.

Omara pleaded guilty in November in Benton County District Court to first-degree murder in the death on Oct. 29, 2011, of James K. Omara, 43, of Cold Spring, Minn. That set the stage for her sentencing on Friday.

Angelina Omara was arrested in Sioux Falls on Nov. 3, 2011, soon after her boyfriend, Michael Pies, 36, was found dead in a motel room in Ashland, Wis. She is charged with first-degree murder in his death, as well.

The bodies of Pies and James Omara were found with pillows over their heads and both had gunshot wounds to their heads, according to police.

A friend of James Omara told police that Angelina Omara had been staying with her ex-husband for a few weeks before the killings and that Pies had been threatening James Omara.

PAUL WALSH

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