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Beacon Journal reports judge is open to a lesser sentence in mercy killing
Summit County Common Pleas judge wants to ensure a six-year sentence would fit the law

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M.L. Schultze

The Beacon Journal is reporting that a Summit County judge is willing to go along with a six-year prison sentence for a Massillon man who shot his wife to death last year at Akron General Medical Center. 

Sixty-eight-year-old John Wise had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing his wife, Barbara, after she suffered a stroke. A jury convicted him earlier this month of aggravated murder. But prosecutors are recommending a sentence that would be in line with the lesser charge of manslaughter. And in a court hearing today, Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands said that would be “commensurate with the act.”

The judge has asked for legal briefs from both sides within 10 days to ensure the sentence fits the law. Wise faces a sentence of 23 years to life.

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