A pensioner who shot dead his estranged wife in an “act of cold-blooded revenge” over a £10,000 divorce settlement, has been jailed for life.
Michael Reader killed Marion Price with a shotgun as she sat in her car outside her home after he tracked her movements for months.
A court heard the “money-obsessed” 70-year-old carried out the “calculated murder” after he “bitterly resented” being told to pay his ex-partner £10,000 just a few days earlier.
He gunned down 63-year-old Marion as he drove by her Vauxhall Corsa on his motorbike.
He shot her once through the window before she’d had chance to take off her seatbelt.
Marion’s family later discovered the gran-of-three’s body slumped in the front seat of the car outside her home on December 15, last year.
Emergency services rushed to the scene, in the quaint village of Earls Barton, Northants., but the school finance worker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jurors were told how Reader lay in wait and killed Marion because he did not want to part with his money following a bitter legal row over their finances.
Reader was found guilty of murder alongside best friend and “trusted lieutenant” Stephen Welch, 61.
On Monday, at Northampton Crown Court, Reader was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 31 years – meaning he is likely to die behind bars.