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John Wise, Man Who Fatally Shot Ailing Wife In Hospital, May See A Lesser Sentence Of Six Years

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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Summit County Sheriff Department shows John Wise. Wise, partially disabled by nerve damage, watched a tear roll down the face of his wife, bedridden in intensive care since a stroke a week earlier and unable to speak, seemingly blinking to acknowledge him, and, perhaps, their agreement that they didn't want to live out their years bedridden and disabled, he told a friend. Now, Wise is facing charges of shooting her in the head in that hospital, pres | ASSOCIATED PRESS

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor says she'll seek a lesser sentence for an Ohio man convicted of fatally shooting his ailing wife in her hospital bed.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh says she'll file a motion asking that 68-year-old John Wise be sentenced for the lesser crime of manslaughter, which would greatly reduce his prison time.

If the judge agrees, Wise would be sentenced to six years.

He was convicted Friday of aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault, which carries a mandatory punishment of life in prison. He had pleaded insanity, claiming he couldn't stand to see his wife in pain in the hospital.

In a statement, Walsh said that because of what she called the "unique" circumstances of the case, "a shorter prison sentence is just."

Wise will be sentenced Monday.

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