Colorado Man Murdered His Wife in Shotgun ‘Ambush’ 2 Days After She Met with Divorce Lawyer

It took jurors just three hours to convict a 40-year-old Colorado man for the 2016 murder of his 35-year-old wife, who was killed two days after meeting with a divorce attorney, PEOPLE learns.

A statement from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office confirms Gary Lee Nickal, of Westminster, was found guilty on Thursday of murdering Molly Nickal with two shotgun blasts — including one to her head.

The couple’s three small children were at their house at the time of the slaying, on April 28, 2016.

Gary “ambushed” his wife that morning as she was in the bathroom, prosecutors said. He unsuccessfully argued an insanity defense at trial.

Following his conviction, he was sentenced the next day to life in prison.

It was unclear Tuesday if he plans to appeal the verdict. His attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

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