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James Perriello To Be Sentenced In Shooting Death Of Wife

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FILE --In this April 27, 2012 file photo, James Perriello arrives at District Court in Newport, N.H. A grand jury has indicted Perriello on a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife in their Grantham, N.H. home. The indictment says James Perriello, 41, shot his wife, Natalie Perriello, multiple times in the head the night of April 26. Natalie Perriello was in bed with their 3-year-old son next to her, according to statements Perriello made to police during a three-hour in | ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man who shot his wife to death in a jealous rage as their young son slept nearby will argue for less than the maximum life sentence prosecutors want.

James Perriello (pah-REHL'-oh), is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday. The 42-year-old Perriello pleaded guilty Dec. 3 to second-degree murder in Sullivan County Superior Court.

He admitted he shot 42-year-old Natalie Perriello, a popular teacher at Lebanon High School, six times in the head on April 26, 2012 at their Grantham home. Another bullet lodged in a window frame above where the youngest of their four children slept.

Perriello said he had secretly taped her and discovered she was having an affair.

Prosecutors want a sentence of 35 years to life; his lawyer will argue for 18-36 years.

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