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Ex-husband arrested in February slaying of Nevada County woman

A 71-year-old Oroville man has been arrested in the February shooting death of his ex-wife in Nevada County.

Michael Kent Sturgell was arrested at 9 a.m. Tuesday on suspicion of murdering 67-year-old Pamela Diane DeGrio. Sturgell has been in Nevada County Jail since April 4, pending sentencing for an unrelated burglary involving the theft of firearms, which was committed around the time DeGrio was killed, according to a Nevada County Sheriff's Office news release.

The sheriff's coroner's division was summoned to the 10000 block of North Bloomfield Road on Feb. 6, and an investigation determined that DeGrio had been shot multiple times. Her death was classified as a homicide and has been under investigation since then.

Sturgell and DeGrio divorced more than 40 years ago and had one child in common, the news release said.

A firearm stolen from DeGrio's residence at the time she was killed was recently recovered in Butte County, along with several other guns taken in the burglary for which Sturgell is awaiting sentencing. Sturgell fenced the firearms shortly after DeGrio's death, according to the news release.

Three firearms believed to have been stolen by Sturgell — a rifle and two shotguns — have not been found. Anyone with information regarding the location of the guns is asked to call Detective Brandon Corchero in the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 530-265-1263.

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