The man who murdered Phinney Ridge resident Prudence Hockley in December 2011 has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. The King County Prosecutors Office says Johnnie Lee Wiggins faced a standard sentencing range of up to 23 years, but Judge Laura Middaugh opted for the exceptional sentence on Friday.
Wiggins, 49, was convicted of beating Hockley, a popular Woodinville teacher, on Christmas Eve, while her 13-year-old daughter was nearby. Hockley died on Christmas Day. The jury convicted Wiggins of second degree murder, plus a second aggravating factor for a history of domestic violence against other women.