Spanaway man pleads guilty in wife's death, sentenced to more than 26 years in prison

Staff writerNovember 15, 2013 

Tony Barrett appears in court on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Tacoma. Barrett pleaded guilty to the killing of his wife, Sara.

ADAM LYNN — Staff writer

A 42-year-old Spanaway man pleaded guilty Friday to killing his wife earlier this year before leading Tacoma police on a high-speed chase.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Katherine Stolz sentenced Tony Barrett to 26 years, four months in prison.

Barrett smothered his wife, Sara, in a Tacoma motel room on March 13 then called KOMO 4 News to report the crime. The two were experiencing marital difficulties, and Sara Barrett had told acquaintances she was afraid of her husband, court records show.

KOMO notified police, who spotted him in downtown and chased him to Gig Harbor where he was arrested.

He pleaded guilty as charged to first-degree murder and attempting to elude police.

Barrett said in court he "snapped" the day his wife "passed away."

"I am sorry with all my heart," he said.

Stolz was not in a forgiving mood.

"Your wife didn't just pass away. You killed her," the judge said before adding an additional 16 months onto the sentence recommended by deputy prosecutor John Sheeran and defense attorney Dino Sepe.

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