• Memphis man admits to murdering wife with assault rifle


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A Memphis man is behind bars after admitting to murdering his wife. 

    Mario Scales, 31, pled guilty to second-degree murder Wednesday in connection with the slaying of his wife – who was shot more than six times with an assault rifle. 

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    The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office announced Scales was sentenced to 25 years in prison without the possibility for parole in a settlement approved by a judge.

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    The incident happened on April 3, 2017, according to the release from the DA’s office. 

    The victim, Lisa Peoples, 27, was found dead via gunshot wounds around 9 p.m. near her driveway in the 3500 block of Kings Arms Street near Clarke Road and Winchester Road. 

    Investigators said Peoples had previously taken a protective order out against Scales. 

    Witnesses said after the shooting, Scales told people inside the home what he had just done before running away – still armed with an AK-47 rifle. 

    Scales was arrested later while hiding inside a nearby house.

    Scales was arrested on March 20, 2017 for assaulting the same victim of the shooting after police say they found a Glock 22 in his car with live ammunition.

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