Ohio man who killed ailing wife presses clemency

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Posted: Jan 14, 2014 11:44 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio man sentenced to six years in prison for fatally shooting his ailing wife in her hospital bed wants clemency to avoid dying in prison.

In a sworn clemency application, 68-year-old John Wise, of Massillon (MAS'-ih-luhn), outlined his remorse over the crime and his hope to live out his years at home.

The application, obtained Tuesday from the Ohio Parole Board, was submitted last week for the consideration of Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik).

Clemency options include reducing Wise's sentence or setting him free. The governor's spokesman says the administration does not comment on clemency applications.

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The prosecutor opposes any reduction in Wise's punishment.

In the clemency application, Wise called his crime "a horrible act" committed while in a "depressed and desperate mental state."