Hubby to Serve Year in Newlywed Wife's Dive Death
Alabama man admits letting his bride sink to her death off the Great Barrier Reef
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2009 3:50 AM CDT
David Watson poses with his then-fiancee Christina Mae Watson last year.   (AP Photo/Townsville Coroners Court, HO)
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(Newser) – An Alabama man will serve 12 months in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of his wife off Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the Guardian reports. Gabe Watson, an experienced diver trained in rescue procedures, made no attempt to save his wife, a novice diver, as she sank to the sea floor, and instead kicked to the surface. The pair had been married just 11 days. Watson was later filmed snipping away flowers from his wife's grave placed there by her family.

Watson, who has since remarried, told police the death was an accident. He was charged with murder after the coroner concluded that he had deliberately turned off his wife's oxygen and was due to stand trial next week. Prosecutors accepted his manslaughter plea, and Watson was sentenced to four years in prison—but is likely to be freed in 12 months under a suspended sentence arrangement.