Tex McIver Gets Sentenced to Life in Prison

Amanda Cooper
May 25, 2018 - 6:10 pm

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This week, former attorney Tex McIver sat in court looking static and nonemotional as a Fulton County judge sentenced former attorney to life in prison with the possibility of parole for fatally shooting his wife Diane McIver on September 25, 2016. Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Robert McBurney also sentenced McIver to five years in prison for a charge of influencing a witness but said that could be served at the same time as the life sentence. 

McIver addressed the court before he was sentenced. He talked about the tremendous amount of support he had received from people he knew and people he didn't, including letters from a woman in Ireland and a man in Australia who were strangers to him. He said some descriptions of his wife during trial as a sharp-tongued and tough woman were tough for him to listen to and didn't match the woman he knew and loved. Words cannot describe the depth of the love they shared.

During the sentencing, Judge McBurney said he couldn't impose a punishment worse than McIver's pain in knowing he caused his wife's death. He also noted that while McIver had been given as much time as he wanted to address the court and had rambled through many different topics, "I didn't ever hear you say you're sorry for what you did. To me, that silence speaks volumes."

McIver is 73 years old and will be eligible for private in 30 years; his lawyers plan to appeal.