A 66-year-old man who shot and stabbed his wife and set an Independence house on fire pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Edward D. Valdepena attacked his estranged wife at a home in south Kansas City in July 2012 after setting fire to the home formerly shared in Independence.
Valdepena crashed a rental truck into the house in the 9600 block of McGee Street, entered the home and shot her twice before his gun jammed. He then stabbed her with a knife.
The woman ran outside and a neighbor who had heard the disturbance grabbed a gun and held Valdepena until police arrived.
He pleaded guilty Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court to charges of assault, arson, unlawful use of a weapon, burglary and violation of a protection order.