(Lander, Wyo.) – A plea agreement was filed in the case against Gerald Uden today in Wyoming’s Ninth District Court, and he will plead guilty to all three charges of first degree murder.
The 71-year-old is charged with the 1980 shooting death of his former wife Virginia, 32, and their two children Richard, 12, and Reagan, 10. He faces three counts of first degree murder.
According to the court documents, Uden confessed to an investigator at his home in Missouri of taking his ex-wife and children to an area near Pavillion and shooting them to death on Sept. 13, 1980 with a .22 caliber rifle his wife had bought so the family could go bird hunting. He then allegedly concealed the bodies. The bodies have not been found.
Per the plea agreement, Uden will have to give the court facts about all three murders in order for the pleas to be accepted.
“Given the nature and facts of the offenses, the Parties agree that the Defendant shall be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on each count,” states the plea agreement.
Additionally, the state agrees it will not seek the death penalty.
The agreement was signed by Fremont County Attorney Michael Bennett on Oct. 17 and by Uden and his attorney, Sky Phifer, on Oct. 23.
Uden has yet to appear in Wyoming’s Ninth District Court after having been bound over earlier this month from the Riverton Circuit Court. A date for him to enter his guilty pleas has not been set.
Uden was arrested on Sept. 27 at his home in Chadwick, Mo., and waived extradition to face the charges in Wyoming. The cold case was investigated, in part, by the Fremont County and Laramie County Sheriff’s Department and the Wyoming DCI.
Uden’s current wife Alice was also arrested on a first degree murder charge. Her arrest concerns the disappearance of her former husband 25-year-old Ronald Holtz who disappeared three months after the couple were married in 1974. Holtz’s remains were found in September in an abandoned mine site in Laramie County. He had been shot in the head.