Va. Beach man sentenced for murder after ‘spying’ on wife

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach man was sentenced Monday for killing his wife after “spying on her” for weeks, according to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Circuit Court Judge Steven C. Frucci sentenced 27-year-old Kendal J. Romer to 43 years in prison with 19 years suspended for second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Macie E. Pridgen with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney said evidence could prove Romer murdered his wife, Mattiele Romer, on May 19, 2013 in their Cape Anne Way apartment. After an argument about Mattiele’s faithfulness and getting a divorce, Pridgen said Romer shot his wife twice and left her body in their bathtub.

Romer’s Navy supervisor told police that after the murder Romer called him and asked if they could meet. Romer went to his supervisor’s house with his four-year-old daughter and told him, “My wife is gone,” according to Pridgen.

Romer said other things that indicated he had killed Mattiele. He also gave his supervisor his firearm and asked him to watch his daughter until family members could pick her up. Pridgen said he left, the supervisor called police and Romer later turned himself in at a Virginia Beach police station.

The firearm was analyzed and determined to be the murder weapon. Police also analyzed two cell phones in Romer’s possession as well as computers at his home and learned the couple had been having marital problems. Investigators said Romer had been spying on his wife using computer programs and performing checks of her cell phone. He had downloaded information from her phone, even on the day of the murder, Pridgen said.

Romer pleaded guilty in April. His sentence was the maximum he could receive under his plea agreement, according to Pridgen.

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