John Edwards sentenced for murder of wife
JOHN Edwards, the man found guilty of killing his estranged wife has been sentenced to 24 years in jail with a non-parole period of 18 years.
"Mr Edwards, for the murder of Sharon Margaret Edwards, you are convicted," judge Justice Robert Allan Hulme said
"You are sentenced to imprisonment comprising of a non-parole period of 18 years with a balance of term of the sentence off six years. That is a total sentence of 24 years and will date from the 20th of June, 2017."
Mr Edwards will become eligible for parole when the non-parole period expires on the 19th of June 2035.
"It is also mandatory that a direction be made that the offence for which the offender is being sentenced is being recorded on the offender's criminal history as a quote 'domestic violence offence'," Mr Hulme said.
HOW THE JOHN EDWARDS MURDER TRIAL UNFOLDED
In 2015, Grafton school teacher and beloved mother and grandmother, Sharon Edwards disappeared without a trace.
Two years later her estranged husband, John Wallace Edwards, was charged with her murder and this month stood trial in a Coffs Harbour Supreme Court.
This is how the trial unfolded:
DAY ONE: John Edwards murder trial begins
On Monday October 28 proceedings get underway.
The jury are empanelled, and the prosecution begin its opening statement.
Sharon and John's son Joshua Edwards gives evidence.
Sharon and John's two other sons, Zac and Eli, give evidence.
The court is told Edwards blamed his wife's alleged death on a hit job gone wrong.
DAY SEVEN: Blood stains found in Sharon Edwards' home
Detectives underwent extensive forensic investigations, this is what they found.
Edwards had a fracture to his right hand in the weeks after his wife's disappearance, the court heard.
Police tracked Sharon Edwards' phone, this is they found.
A former neighbour gives evidence of what Edward was like in the days after his wife went missing.
Sharon Edwards' partner Billy Mills is recalled to give evidence when an inconsistency is found.
DAY TWELVE: 'I found the front door open, what's going on?'
The final text messages Sharon received are relayed to the court.
The prosecution begin its closing statement, weaving together the evidence heard to explain their case.
DAY FOURTEEN: Edwards the 'only suspect' in alleged murder: Defence
The defence begin its closing statement speaking for John Edwards.
DAY FIFTEEN: Deliberations begin into alleged teacher murder
The 12-person jury begin deliberations with another possible verdict handed to them at the last minute.
DAY EIGHTEEN: Jury delivers verdict
After two days of deliberation, the jury handed down the verdict.
'Five years we've waited for justice' : Joshua Edwards and his family are ready to move forward from the tragedy that has haunted them
'I had somebody's life in my hands and I let her go': Billy Mills wanted to spend his life with Sharon, he recounts his final moments with her.