Man gets 10 years for pushing wife off Maine cliff

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Posted: Sep 25, 2014 4:04 PM

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — A man convicted of pushing his then-wife off a cliff in a state park in Maine is going to prison for 10 years.

A judge on Thursday handed down the sentence for 71-year-old Charles Black, who was convicted of attempted murder in July. The judge imposed a 25-year sentence but suspended most of it.

The retired teacher from Kansas was convicted of hitting then-wife Lisa Zahn on the head with a rock before pushing her off an 800-foot cliff in Camden Hills State Park in 2011. Both ended up tumbling down the mountainside and were hospitalized. Black later moved to Utah.

Prosecutors said the couple, who had retired to Maine, had been in a dispute about Black's online affair, and his spending some of Zahn's $4 million inheritance without her permission.


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