GENESEO, — A 61-year-old man has pleaded guilty to shooting his wife to death in late February and attempting to bury her body in the woods near their rural home.

Gary C. Flemke pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Livingston County Court to second-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the killing of his 58-year-old wife, Marcia. Flemke. He is facing 20 years to life when he's sentenced July 1.

Authorities say Flemke shot Marcia Flemke multiple times on Feb. 28 and dumped her body in the woods behind their home in the hamlet of Hemlock, 25 miles south of Rochester.

In Livingston County Court on Tuesday, Flemke, admitted to shooting Marcia Flemke three times with a shotgun. He then burned the body and covered the body with lime in the backyard of their residence.

The wife's body was found by deputies after the victim’s son called the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and reported his mom missing. Gary Flemke's whereabouts were initially a cause for concern. A Dansville police officer eventually tracked down Mr. Flemke's vehicle at Logan’s Inn in Dansville.

Prosecutors said a search of the defendant’s vehicle, turned up a work coat with blood splatter, gloves with blood splatter, a pair of jeans with blood splatter, and a 16-gauge shotgun. A search of the defendant’s hotel room, where he had apparently fled after the killing, revealed a receipt for two 50 pound bags of lime.

The ourt adjourned the sentence for the preparation of a pre-sentence investigation by Livingston County Probation Department.