MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – A man who pleaded guilty to murdering a Ferndale High School teacher and track coach caught in a love triangle with his wife has been sentenced to 23 years and 3 months in prison.
Ken McBride, 36, admitted to killing Jeremy Scully, 38, just ten days before he was to stand trial for the 2008 murder. The sentence is the maximum allowed under the law.
According to court records, McBride and his wife were part of a swinging lifestyle. They were very open about having multiple sex partners. But McBride grew jealous when he realized his wife was falling in love with Scully, a court affidavit says.
Scully disappeared on April 24, 2008. His body was found three days later on Blanchard Mountain. Scully had been shot to death.
McBride was not arrested until a year later. McBride told investigators that he spent most of the day that Scully dissappeared at his home searching for jobs. The day he went missing, Scully had plans to help McBride with work on his home in Alger, according to a court affidavit. That was the last time Scully was seen alive.
Family of both Scully and McBride were in the courtroom as the sentence was handed down.
"Jeremy is gone from our lives. We will never again feel his hug," says Scully's mother. A court order was in place to protect her identity.
"I can't forgive you," she said directly to McBride.
Harsher words came from Scully's sister.
McBride told the judge he had prepared something to say, but changed his mind after hearing from the Scully family.
The Skagit County judge said in his 16 years on the bench, he had never presided over such a sad case.