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Maple Grove man who murdered wife kills himself in jail, police say

Joshua Fury was found unresponsive on Saturday evening.
Joshua Fury

The Maple Grove man who recently pleaded guilty to the murder of his wife has died in jail from an apparent suicide.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office announced Sunday that Joshua Fury, 29, died Saturday after being found unresponsive in his cell at Hennepin County Jail at 7:13 p.m. Saturday during an "inmate health and wellness check."

His death was the result of a suicide by hanging, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

Fury had been held in the jail since May 2, 2020, following his arrest in Maple Grove of his wife, Maria Pew.


He was due to be sentenced on July 31, having pleaded guilty to second degree intentional murder.

The sheriff's office says Fury was in a cell by himself at the time of his death.

His death is being investigated by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, with the Department of Corrections also reviewing his death. 

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Fury had initially reported his wife, 28-year-old Maria, missing in early May, prompting a search from local police and volunteers.

Police later discovered he had strangled her and buried her in their home's crawl space. Police also learned they had been having marital problems, with Maria intending to leave her husband.

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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