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Former Marine pleads guilty to killing wife

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William Keith Waters (Source: New Hanover County Sheriff's Department) William Keith Waters (Source: New Hanover County Sheriff's Department)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A former Marine accused of killing his wife in 2011 entered a guilty plea to second degree murder Monday in New Hanover County superior court.

William Keith Waters was arrested in November 2011 and charged with second degree murder. He's accused of killing his wife, Kay Waters, with a knife in their home on Hanover Avenue in Castle Hayne.

With the plea arrangement, Waters will have an active sentence of 180-225 months in jail.

Kay Waters filed for a protective order against her husband earlier in 2011. In the filing she explained her request saying, "many times in the past, when drunk, he has threatened me with a knife or sword – and has held one to my throat."

That order, however, was never set because Kay failed to appear in court.

William Keith Waters is a former U.S. Marine who served in Beirut in the 1980s. He was convicted in 2009 of strangling his wife and was diagnosed with post traumatic stress syndrome and bi-polar disorder shortly after. He never served jail time for that conviction.

William Waters also has previous domestic violence charges in Florida.

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