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Published December 13, 2013, 02:16 PM

Ohio man gets 6 years for wife's hospital killing

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man who fatally shot his ailing wife in her hospital bed has been sentenced to six years in prison.

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man who fatally shot his ailing wife in her hospital bed has been sentenced to six years in prison.

The sentence issued Friday is in line with a prosecutor's recommendation that John Wise receive a lighter punishment than the minimum 23 years on his most serious conviction, an aggravated murder count with a firearm specification.

The 68-year-old Massillon (MAS'-ih-luhn) man says he shot his debilitated wife out of love in August 2012 after she suffered an aneurysm and appeared to be in pain. Mercy is not a defense to a murder charge in Ohio.

The prosecutor said the unique circumstances warranted leniency. She recommended that Wise be sentenced on a lesser offense and get a six-year term.

The defense has said Wise will ask the governor for clemency.


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