UPDATE: petition seeks clemency for John Wise

AKRON -- A judge has sentenced a man who fatally shot his wife to death in her hospital bed to six years in prison.

The judge gave John Wise of Massillon 3 years for his conviction on felonious assault and 3 additional years for a gun specification. Wise will be placed on 3 years of post-release control after his release from prison.

In court, Wise tearfully apologized to his family and friends. He told the judge he has no plans, at this time, to exercise his right to an appeal.

Wise says he shot his debilitated wife out of love in August 2012 after she suffered an aneurysm and appeared to be in pain. Mercy is not a defense to a murder charge in Ohio.

The prosecutor said the unique circumstances warranted leniency. She recommended that Wise be sentenced on a lesser offense.

The judge agreed to follow the state's recommendation and only sentenced Wise on the felonious assault and gun specification associated with that charge. A jury convicted Wise on additional charges of aggravated murder and murder, but he was not sentenced on those counts.

Wise could have faced a minimum of 23 years on the aggravated murder charge with a gun specification alone.


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