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Man Who Entombed Wife’s Body in Closet Sentenced to 26 Years in Prison

February 20, 1994

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) _ A man who killed his estranged wife and sealed her body in a closet wall was sentenced to 26 years and one month in prison.

Scott Rung, 25, had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He received the maximum penalty allowed under state guidelines when he was sentenced Friday.

Dawn Rung was last seen Jan. 4, 1993, when she told a neighbor in the Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids that she planned to divorce her husband and seek custody of their three children.

Rung admitted that he killed his wife by hitting her in the head with a board as she slept on the couch. He then put the body in a garbage container on a back porch for a week, cut a hole in a bedroom closet wall, put the container inside and covered the hole with plasterboard, police said.

Police found the body sealed in the closet in March 1993.