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Stevens County jury convicts man of killing wife

A Stevens County jury today convicted a retired pastor of first-degree murder after he was charged with pumping 10 bullets into his wife in 2009 after she indicated that she was leaving him.

The jury deliberated two hours today before finding Craig R. Cosby, 70, guilty of first-degree murder in connection with the Oct. 3, 2009, killing of his wife, 53-year-old Susan M. Cosby. The jury’s verdict also included sentencing enhancements for the use of a firearm and a crime of domestic violence, which carries a potential sentence of life in prison.

Cosby was arrested in the front yard of his home in Marcus, a small town along the Columbia River in northern Stevens County. Investigators found that Craig Cosby shot his wife with 10 bullets from a .40-caliber handgun, Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said.

Sentencing has been set for April 17. With the conviction, Cosby faces a minimum of 25 years in prison up to life.