Gary Flemke was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to shooting his wife

By Sean Curran

The Evening Tribune

GENESEO — A 61-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years to life in a state prison after he plead guilty to shooting his wife to death and attempting to bury her body in the woods near their home.

Gary C. Flemke was sentenced by Judge Robert Wiggins in Livingston County Court for second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence. He originally entered a guilty plea on Apr. 30 in Livingston County Court.

Livingston County District Attorney Gregory J. McCaffrey stated that Flemke now faces 20 years to life for the murder charge, as well as an additional one to three years for the tampering charge. This would make Flemke 82 before he is eligible for parole.

According to the Livingston County Court, Flemke shot his wife Marcia Flemke three times with a shotgun on Feb. 28 and proceeded to burn the body and cover it with lime in the backyard of their residence.

“It’s obviously tough to have a homicide in Livingston County,” said McCaffrey. “We lost a member of the community but I really feel justice was served. Hopefully Flemke will never see the light of day again.”

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.