Marcia Eubank, 50, shot her husband several times during a dispute and hid his body in crates around her home

By Steve Helling
February 11, 2019 02:25 PM
Summit County Police

An Ohio woman who confessed to fatally shooting her husband and dismembering his body has been sentenced to life in prison but will be eligible for parole in 20 years, PEOPLE confirms.

Marcia Eubank, 50, pleaded guilty to murder and other charges in December in the death of her husband Howard. According to police, she shot him several times during a June 2017 domestic dispute.

After he was dead, she used power and hand tools to dismember his body. She then hid the remains in containers inside their home, authorities said.

The murder was discovered months later when the couple’s son, Howard Eubank Jr., was locked out of his home, so he climbed through his mother’s bedroom window. Inside, he found a crate swarming with maggots and texted a picture of the crate to his mom, Marcia Eubank, wondering what it was.

She texted back, “I killed your dad.”

In the 911 call obtained by PEOPLE, Howard told the dispatcher, “I just found out my mom killed my dad and I found the pieces of his body in the house.”

“I found the crate,” he said, sounding as though he was starting to breathe heavily, “and she says there’s other parts in the basement. I have the message she sent me.”

According to investigators, the man’s decomposing remains had been put in separate containers around their home in Coventry Township, Ohio. She then told her family that Howard Eubank had taken a temporary job in Texas driving trucks for a pipe company. His family believed that he was still alive until the remains were found.

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In late December 2018, Eubank admitted her actions and pleaded guilty.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said in a press release, “If not for her son finding his father’s body, what she did may still be secret today.”

Brian Pierce, who represented Eubank in the trial, told the newspaper that his client was “remorseful.”

Eubank pleaded guilty to murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.