Ohio man to seek clemency in hospital bed killing

AP News
Posted: Dec 12, 2013 11:08 AM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An attorney for an Ohio man convicted of fatally shooting his ailing wife at a hospital says they will seek clemency from the governor.

Attorney Paul Adamson says in an email that the defense plans to launch a campaign for clemency after John Wise is sentenced. The sentencing is scheduled Friday in Akron.

The 68-year-old Massillon (MAS'-ih-luhn) man says he shot his debilitated wife out of love in August 2012 after she appeared to be in pain. Mercy is not a defense to a murder charge in Ohio.

Wise was convicted on charges including aggravated murder with a firearm specification, which could carry a life sentence.

The prosecutor says the unique circumstances warrant leniency. She has recommended that Wise be sentenced on a lesser crime and get a six-year term.