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Husband who killed wife and hid body under leaves headed to prison

A man convicted of fatally stabbing his wife and hiding her body under leaves at her parents’ Folsom home has been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.

A jury earlier this month found Justin Anthony Jesus, 30, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Elizabeth Masters. The jury found that Jesus used a knife in committing the murder and also convicted him of domestic violence, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. Jesus was sentenced Thursday.

Jesus had a history of domestic violence, and Masters had left their home to stay with her family in Folsom. Approximately a week later, on Dec. 20, 2015, Jesus showed up at Masters’ parents’ home, and he and Masters left the residence around midnight. Several hours later, family members heard a commotion outside and found Jesus in the backyard holding a knife, the news release said.

The family subsequently found Masters’ body on the side of the house, buried under a pile of leaves. She had been stabbed numerous times and had suffered severe cuts to her neck.

Jesus was arrested by Folsom police a short distance away and was found with the knife used in the murder, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy