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Tabloid looks at Brosnan MySpace murder

A 2008 Spokane Valley murder in which the killer impersonated his victim on MySpace to try to cover the crime is featured in the National Enquirer this month.

Sandwiched between an appalling story speculating about the health of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s children and an equally trashy story about Dale Earnhardt Jr. reportedly running off with a football coach’s wife is an article rehashing the tragic story of Uriah (top) and Becky Brosnan (right).

That’s right, the publication that actually thought it deserved a Pulitzer Prize for exposing John Edwards’ love child apparently sent a staffer to Spokane for Brosnan’s sentencing back in January (he’s pictured above at that hearing).

The article by Philip Smith describes Uriah Brosnan as a “coldblooded” killer whose “desperate” and “fiendish scheme” to cover his crime by sending Becky’s family MySpace messages from her account failed miserably.

The article includes quotes from Enquirer interviews with Becky Brosnan’s sister, Tina Crone, and Spokane County Deputy Gayle Ervin. It also quotes Judge Tari Eitzen lamenting the fact that she could only give Brosnan 18 years for the Jan. 28, 2009, killing because prosecutors amended his charge to second-degree murder instead of first-degree.

The article is in the May 10 issue.

Past coverage:

Jan. 22. 2010: Wife killer receives 18-year sentence

Dec. 29, 2009: Brosnan pleads guilty to beating death of wife

Feb. 11, 2009: Man impersonated wife online after killing her

Killer faces 18 years in MySpace impersonation case

A Spokane man who killed his estranged wife, then impersonated her on MySpace to dupe try duping family members into thinking she was still alive, faces about 18 years in prison when he’s sentenced next month.

Uriah dwJ. BrosnanÖ, 33, pleaded guilty to the Jan. 28 beating death of Becky BrosnanÖ, 32, last week. The plea in a plea deal that calls for him to serve 220 months, the high end of the standard sentence for second-degree murder, said Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor John LoveÖ.

“I’m just glad we don’t have to put the kids through a trial,” said Tina Crone, Becky Brosnan’s stepmother. Crone is caring for the Brosnans’ children, ages 6 and 11. “It’s the easy way out for him, but what else is new?”

Read the rest of my story in tomorrow’s Spokesman-Review.

Past coverage:

Man impersonated wife online after killing her

Brosnans had no contact order in 1997

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