ST. PAUL, Minn. — A man accused fatally beating and strangling his wife and leaving her on the side of a road on the Red Lake Indian Reservation was sentenced Tuesday to 16 years in federal prison.

Jeremiah Kingbird, 39, of Ponemah, pleaded guilty in October 2019 to second-degree murder for the January 2019 killing.

Authorities say Kingbird and his wife were driving to their home after a night of drinking when they began to argue and got into a physical fight. Kingbird beat his wife in the head and strangled her before leaving her on a road in Redby.

The victim was found hours later and died at the hospital in Red Lake.