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Marshall Co. man pleads guilty to girlfriend's murder

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Ray Shockley will serve 40 years in prison for Tonya Turnmire's murder. Ray Shockley will serve 40 years in prison for Tonya Turnmire's murder.
Tonya Turnmire's body was found in Etowah County in 2010. Tonya Turnmire's body was found in Etowah County in 2010.
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A Marshall County man pleaded guilty to the murder of an Albertville woman.

Ray Christopher Shockley received a 40 year sentence in a plea deal after he pleaded guilty to the June 2010 murder of 36-year-old Tonya Michelle Turnmire.

Turnmire was an employee of Y-Mart in Boaz where the store's manager said Shockley tried to get them to cash one of Turnmire's checks.

When they declined, a text came to them that she was sick and couldn't come to work, and she was not seen again.

In a statement to police, prosecutors said Shockley admitted to slamming Turnmire's head against a door, which led to her death.

He later dumped her body in a rural area of Etowah County.

Her body was found heavily decomposed a few weeks later.

It was an emotional day for the victim's family, and they said there is no such thing as closure.

Shockley told family members he was sorry in a hearing Wednesday afternoon.

Turnmire's mother said she misses her daughter but is developing a wonderful bond now with her grandchildren.

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