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Gary Stroud, Ex-Ohio Police Officer, Sentenced To 16 Years For Killing Wife With Hammer

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Gary Stroud, above, was sentenced to 16 years for killing his wife after he pleaded guilty to the charges last month.
Gary Stroud, above, was sentenced to 16 years for killing his wife after he pleaded guilty to the charges last month.

MENTOR, Ohio -- A former police officer from northeast Ohio has been sentenced to serve at least 16 years in prison in the slaying of his wife – whose body was found wrapped in plastic inside a sleeping bag at their home last fall.

Gary Stroud, a 58-year-old former Lake County sheriff's deputy and Mentor police officer, pleaded guilty last month to charges that he beat his 53-year-old wife, Diane, in the head with a hammer. Then he wrapped her body and left it in the garage of their home.

At the sentencing Wednesday, Stroud said he loved his wife and was recovering from a head injury due to a stroke when he killed her. He also apologized to his children and the police agencies.

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