KINGMAN - The husband of former Kingman resident Amber Lowery was sentenced to life in a Texas prison without parole Tuesday, a day after a jury found him guilty of her July 2013 murder.
Amber Lowery was reported missing on July 24, 2013. Three days later, her 2011 Honda was found abandoned in Rising Star, Texas, and a few days later Michael Lowery was arrested and charged with murder.
A witness told police she stopped and gave Michael Lowery a ride after she saw him walk away from a Laundromat parking lot, where he dumped his wife's Honda.
Amber Lowery's dismembered and burnt remains were found in a pile on property surrounding Michael Lowery's home on July 31, a day before he was arrested and booked into the Comanche County jail.
Scientists at the Forensic Service Unit at the University of North Texas required six months to identify the remains, which were confirmed to be the victim's on Jan. 8.
Amber Lowery, 34, was known as Amber Christensen during her school years in Kingman. She was the mother of two sons and, like her father, an air ambulance helicopter pilot. Lee Christensen flew air ambulances in Kingman and in Texas.
In a bitter twist for her survivors, Amber Lowery's parents were killed in a car crash three months prior to her murder - a killing she warned family members would be done at the hands of Michael Lowery if she ever went missing.
She was going on past experience. Michael Lowery had anger issues since childhood, according to his brother, issues that he apparently never resolved despite years of counseling.
According to authorities in Texas, Michael Lowery once went to his wife's workplace and beat her so badly she required facial reconstruction surgery.
Amber Lowery's best friend during their childhoods in Kingman was Danica McCumber-Hoyle, who now lives with her family in Cedar City, Utah.
In an August 2013 interview with the Miner shortly after Amber Lowery went missing, McCumber-Hoyle told the Miner that her friend told her Michael Lowery threatened her and their two sons.
She had this to say about Amber Lowery: "She could hunt and fish, she could shoot a bow and shoot a gun and fly a helicopter, but she was also this beautiful woman. She could turn heads ... I can't believe this has happened."