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Ohioan, 90, pleads guilty in ailing wife's slaying

June 18, 2014
dsp Associated Press

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio man who says he killed his wife of 65 years to end her suffering has agreed to serve four years in prison under a plea agreement.

Ninety-year-old Robert Shaw pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of involuntary manslaughter in Lorain (lor-AYN') County Common Pleas Court. He originally faced aggravated murder and felonious assault charges.

Shaw was accused of suffocating his ailing, 84-year-old wife, Virginia, at home in Avon in 2008.

The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria (eh-LEER'-ee-uh) reports Shaw told police his wife had medical problems and he acted to end her misery.

In February, a judge had found Shaw competent for trial. He will be officially sentenced later.

Shaw's attorney didn't return messages seeking comment Wednesday.

 
 

 

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