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Fresno Man Sentenced to Life Without Parole

June 16, 1986

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) _ A man was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole Monday for murdering his fifth wife by poisoning her with the herbicide paraquat.

A Superior Court jury had chosen life without parole rather than the death penalty for Steven David Catlin, 41. Judge Robert O’Farrell agreed with that decision in formally sentencing Catlin for the March 1984 slaying of Glenna Kaye Catlin at their home in Fresno.

A trial is pending on charges that Catlin used paraquat to murder his mother and fourth wife in Bakersfield.

He collected $56,000 on a life insurance policy after Glenna Kaye Catlin died and smaller amounts from the other two estates.

The trial was held in Monterey because of pre-trial publicity in Fresno.