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Former Dentist Pleads Guilty To Three Slayings

June 21, 1985

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ A former dentist convicted of two killings in Missouri has been sentenced to three life prison terms after pleading guilty to the murders of three other people, authorities say.

Glennon Engleman, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of capital murder in what authorities say was a murder-for-profit scheme that led to the deaths of Ronald Gusewelle in 1979 and Gusewelle’s parents, Arthur and Vernita in 1977. Authorities said the plot involved Gusewelle’s wife.

Under a plea bargain, Engleman, 58, was sentenced to three concurrent life sentences and three charges of conspiracy to commit murder were dropped, said Madison County State’s Attorney Dick Allen in a statement.

Engleman is serving two life sentences with no chance of parole for 50 years on two unrelated murder convictions in Missouri.

Barbara Gusewelle Boyle, 42, also has been convicted of murder in the slaying of her husband and has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. She was acquitted of killing her husband’s parents.

Prosecutors said the motive for the slayings was a $500,000 inheritance.

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