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Sentencing delayed for man who fatally shot wife in Akron hospital

Beacon Journal staff report

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Sentencing for a Massillon man convicted of shooting and killing his wife while she lay in an Akron General Medical Center bed has been postponed.

John Wise, 68, was to be sentenced Monday in Summit County Common Pleas Court by Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands. No new sentencing date has been set.

Earlier this week, prosecutors announced their intentions to seek a lighter sentence for Wise.

A jury this month found him guilty of aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault, all with firearm specifications, for shooting his wife, Barbara. He faces a mandatory life sentence with no parole for 23 years.

Because of the life sentence, Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh this week said she would ask Rowlands to sentence Wise on a lesser charge of manslaughter instead of aggravated murder.

If sentenced for manslaughter, Wise could be sentenced to six years in prison.

Wise told the jury he wanted to end his wife’s suffering after seeing a tear run down her cheek and a grimace that suggested she was in pain. He said he “snapped.”

He had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.


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