Life sentence for Ohio husband in antifreeze death

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Posted: Apr 11, 2011 4:57 PM
Life sentence for Ohio husband in antifreeze death

A northeast Ohio man convicted in the antifreeze poisoning of his wife has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for 30 years.

Judge Christopher Collier sentenced 60-year-old Dennis Auerswald on Monday in Medina (meh-DY'-nah) County Common Pleas Court.

Auerswald was convicted of aggravated murder last month in the 2009 death of 60-year-old Maureen Auerswald.

Prosecutors believe he killed his wife with poisoned cranberry juice because he had money problems and wanted to collect $100,000 in life insurance money and date other women.

He told the judge he had nothing to do with his wife's death.

Defense attorney Robert Campbell says because his client is 60 years old any sentence would amount to a life term. He expects an appeal to be filed within a month.