BURLEY — Ronnie G. Kincaid Jr. has said the death of his wife two years ago was the result of a “drunken sexual accident” he wishes he could take back. But on Friday, a judge called Kincaid remorseless and sentenced him to spend at least 20 years in prison for one of the most brutal and shocking deaths south-central Idaho has seen in years.

Kincaid was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Melissa Kincaid, who was found dead in the couple’s bedroom after her husband called 911. Police later learned Kincaid viciously assaulted his intoxicated wife and tried to cover up evidence by placing her in the shower.

He was sentenced to life in prison Friday as he continued to deny murdering his wife.

Kincaid will serve at least 20 years in prison for second-degree murder in the death of Melissia Kincaid.

“You say you don’t deserve to go to prison,” Cindy Cole, Melissia’s mother said during the hearing. “Well Melissia didn’t deserve death.”

Cole told Kincaid to “be a man” and tell the family what really happened.

The paper Cole read from trembled in her hands as she said Melissia was the one person who loved Kincaid and did everything for him.

“No one should have to bury their daughter,” she said.

Kincaid gave his own statement saying he did not kill his wife.

Melissia was his best friend, his soul mate, Kincaid said, and the best wife a man could have.

Cole got up from her seat and left the courtroom as Kincaid continued his speech.

There were numerous nights where he was really intoxicated, he said, and if he had been sober that night maybe he would have called 911.

“I wish with all my heart and soul that I could take it back but, I can’t,” he said sniffling.

After listening to Kincaid’s statement, District Judge John Butler gave a graphic description of Melissia Kincaid’s death.

A psychosexual evaluation said Ronnie Kincaid used his fist to cause her death, inflicting significant vaginal and rectal trauma.

The autopsy showed Melissia Kincaid bled to death.

Kincaid described the death as a “drunken sexual accident,” Butler said, but the behavior he engaged in was intentional.

Melissia’s blood-alcohol level was very high, the judge said.

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“I don’t think she consented to anything,” he said.

When he realized his wife was no longer responsive, Ronnie Kincaid took her to the shower to try to wake her up, Butler said, but he did not get help for her or call 911.

Butler said Kincaid killed his wife and shows no remorse.

“I don’t expect in the next 20 years that your remorse will improve or your behavior will change,” Butler said.

Butler also ordered Kincaid to pay $20,000, which included civil penalties of $5,000 for each of two children.

Kincaid, convicted of third-degree rape in Klamath County, Ore., in 2001, also faces a probation violation for failing to register as a sex offender.

“I still don’t think it’s enough because of what he did to her,” Cole told the Times-News after the hearing.

Melissia’s two boys who were at the house when their mother died now have to live their lives with that memory, she said.

Melissia’s aunt and uncle, Louise and Robert Vasquez Jr. said they felt previous concern that Melissia was in a violent marriage.

“She was loved by everybody,” Robert Vasquez said, “and we worried about her.”

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