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Killer Enters Guilty Plea To Manslaughter

 

Last updated 6/1/2015 at 1:46pm

Anthony Simoneau, 46, would have gotten 25 years to life if convicted of murder. He entered a guilty plea to one count of voluntary manslaughter in the death of his wife, Fumiko Ogawa, 41, and was instead sentenced to 11 years in prison on April 30. Fumiko was last seen in 2007 near their home in Point Loma. Her body was found January 20, 2007 near the Bow Willow Campground in the Anza-Borrego Desert, but wasn't identified until 2011, after a relative in Japan provided a DNA sample. Simoneau never reported his wife missing but covered up her absence by telling people she was in Japan caring for a relative or in Hawaii working on their new home. Her family finally reported her missing in November, 2007. Simoneau and Ogawa married in 1996. Simoneau filed for divorce in 2002, but according to San Diego police, decided to put it off after his wife inherited a significant amount of money. He then proceeded to buy four luxury sport-utility vehicles, four boats, a motorcycle and three other vehicles. Simoneau moved from California to Hawaii in 2011, where he was arrested for stealing luggage from Nordstrom. He eventually admitted killing his wife in San Diego, during an argument.

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