Q: Is Ronald Wayne Beard still in prison for the 1990 killing of his wife, Beverly?
Jim, Gillette, Wyo.
A: Ronald Wayne Beard was sentenced in 1992 to 30 years to life in prison for the 1990 gunshot slaying of his estranged wife.
Now 78 years old, he is incarcerated at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Beard was convicted of first-degree murder after admitting to a Sacramento Superior Court jury that he intentionally fired the gun, killing 47-year-old Beverly Beard during a bitter confrontation at the home they once shared on Ellington Circle in the Arden Arcade area. Beverly Beard, a travel consultant, had moved out of the family home and filed for divorce shortly before she was killed. The couple had been married 32 years.
Beard testified that he became enraged after his wife compared him unfavorably to a man with whom she had been having an affair.
The prosecutor said during the trial that Beard had basically “executed” his wife with one shot to the head after deciding “that if he couldn’t have her, no one would.”