He survived one trial, but a Bryan man decided not to sit through
Bobbie Ray Tates pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing his wife.
The 54-year-old agreed to a 40-year prison term instead of letting a jury determine a verdict in his murder re-trial.
He could have faced a life sentence for the crime.
A judge declared a mistrial in October, after jurors could not reach a verdict.
Tates fatally shot his wife Carolyn in August 2006 at their anniversary party.
He will not be eligible for parole until he serves half of his sentence.