Ohio man seeks clemency in wife's hospital-bed killing

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man sentenced to six years in prison for fatally shooting his ailing wife in her hospital bed has asked the governor for clemency.

Defense attorney Paul Adamson said today that the request was submitted on behalf of 68-year-old John Wise of Massillon. Adamson says Wise is in poor health and isn’t likely to survive his sentence.

Wise says he shot his debilitated wife out of love in August 2012 after she suffered aneurysms and appeared to be in pain at an Akron hospital. Mercy is not a defense to a murder charge in Ohio.

The prosecutor’s office recommended the reduced sentence that Wise was given. Prosecutors have said they would oppose any further reduction in the punishment.

The governor’s spokesman declined to comment on the clemency request.

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