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Waller seeks lenient sentence

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri man convicted of threatening his missing wife’s sister is asking a judge for leniency.

Clay Waller is the estranged husband of Jacque Waller, who was last seen leaving his house in Jackson on June 1. She is believed to be dead but her body has not been found. No charges have been filed in her disappearance.

But Clay Waller pleaded guilty in federal court in October to threatening Jacque Waller’s sister through an Internet posting. He could face up to five years in prison at sentencing on Dec. 19.

An initial sentencing report suggests six to 10 months in prison. The Southeast Missourian (http://bit.ly/sF191Y) reports that a memorandum filed by Waller’s attorney asks for six months, minus the four-and-a-half months already served.

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Information from: Southeast Missourian, http://www.semissourian.com

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