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(Photo credit: Mecklenburg County Jail)

(Photo credit: Mecklenburg County Jail)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP/CBS Charlotte) – A Charlotte DJ has been sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for the death of his wife.

Brandon Blakeney entered an Alford plea in court in Charlotte on Thursday. An Alford plea does not admit guilty, but does acknowledge there is enough evidence for a conviction.

Blakeney was sentenced to between 20 years and 25 years in prison.

Prosecutors say he strangled 34-year-old Catherine Blakeney in 2011 and lived in their home with her body for several weeks. Her body, along with her dog’s body, were found by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers, a few days after Christmas.

A prosecutor said Blakeney also used a debit card his wife had been issued to collect unemployment benefits.

Brandon Blakeney had worked as a DJ in Charlotte clubs.

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