CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - After only one hour of deliberation, a Charleston County jury on Friday found Robert McCaffrey guilty on an obstruction of justice charge in the case of his wife Gayle's 2012 disappearance.
McCaffrey had been accused of lying to investigators about his knowledge of his wife's whereabouts in the hours before her disappearance.
Following the verdict, a judge sentenced McCaffrey to the maximum of 10 years in prison.
"We are so pleased and so grateful the jury came back with a guilty verdict," said Debbie Pearson, Gayle McCaffrey's sister.
"We’ve waited a very long for this," added Helen Banach, also Gayle's sister. "Just to know he’s not on the street anymore is such a joy."
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office filed the obstruction of justice charge against McCaffrey in 2014.
In 2018, the sheriff's office finally charged McCaffrey with Gayle's murder, but a grand jury refused to indict him because of a lack of evidence presented by authorities.
Gayle McCaffrey's body has not been found.
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