Leesville man gets 40 years for killing wife in front of kids

VERNON PARISH, La. (KALB) - A 25-year-old Leesville man charged with strangling his wife, Samantha, to death in front of their children in 2016, faces 40 years behind bars. Destin Reder was initially charged with 2nd-degree murder, but took a plea for the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Destin Reder (KALB)

“May God have mercy on your soul,” said Samantha’s great-great-aunt Wednesday morning in her victim impact statement. She said Reder’s biological child and Samantha’s two other children, both minors, are all in counseling.

“Look what you took from us,” she said.

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