LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Timothy Buffington was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday.
He pleaded guilty and was charged with kidnapping, escape, theft, and aggravated assault.
Buffington was serving a 240-month sentence at the Arkansas Department of Correction Pine Bluff unit when he reportedly walked away from his work assignment in June of 2014. He was found nearly three months later.
He is said to have shot his ex-wife Rhonda Combs in the head with a rifle while she sat in her boyfriend's truck in Booneville in July of 1998. According to Wilson, he was admitted to ADC on March 12, 1999. Combs and Buffington had been in a custody dispute over their two children.
In October of 2014, he pleaded guilty to the new charges stemming from his escape.