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Man, 90, pleads guilty in ailing wife’s slaying

Associated Press • Jun 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Robert Shaw, 90, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of involuntary manslaughter in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.

He originally faced aggravated murder and felonious assault charges. Shaw was accused of suffocating his ailing, 84-year-old wife, Virginia, at home in Avon in 2008.

The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria reported Shaw told police his wife had medical problems, and he acted to end her misery.

In February, a judge had found Shaw competent for trial. He will be officially sentenced later. Shaw’s attorney didn’t return messages seeking comment Wednesday.

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