Prosecutor seeks reduced jail time for man convicted of killing wife

Nov. 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM

AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- An Ohio prosecutor's office is asking a judge to reduce the prison sentence of a man who admitted fatally shooting his hospitalized wife, officials said.

John Wise, 68, of Massillon, Ohio, was convicted last week after testifying he shot and killed his wife of 45 years, Barbara Wise, 65, while she was hospitalized, to end her suffering.

She was in the intensive care unit of Akron General Medical Center, after experiencing several cerebral aneurysms, a family friend said.

Wise was found guilty of aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault charges, which carry mandatory life imprisonment penalties, but in an unusual move, Summit County prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said she will ask Common Pleas Judge Margaret Rowlands to sentence Wise for the lesser crime of manslaughter on Monday, to avert the life sentence.

If accepted by the judge, Wise will be sentenced to six years in prison, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer said.

Both Wise and his attorney have agreed to the recommended sentence, the Massillon Independent reported Thursday.

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