CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Chesapeake man who admitted to strangling his co-worker to death, dismembering her and burying her in his back yard will spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole.
Charles Eugene March, 61, said at his sentencing hearing Thursday in Kanawha County Circuit Court that he was resigned to the idea that he would die in prison because of his poor health, and offered a meek apology for killing Sheila "Kathy" Goble in 2010.
"I don't know how long I will live, or whether I will see the outside world again," March said. "But, frankly, I doubt that I will, no matter what my sentence is."
March was arrested last April after his son, who was attempting to fill a sinkhole, found human body parts buried in the back yard of his father's property in Chesapeake. Forensic examiners confirmed that the remains belonged to Goble, who March worked with at Kelley's Mens Shop in Charleston.
March admitted to investigators that he strangled Goble to death, but said that he only did so because she asked him to. Prosecutors said there has been no evidence to suggest that was the case.
After he killed her, March used at least one saw to dismember Goble and bury her in his back yard.
"I am not asking for understanding, because there is no understanding this," March said Thursday. "I don't understand it and, despite my pleas to God, he hasn't yet helped me to understand what brought me to do what I did. I hope he will in time."