Son supports clemency in mother’s death

The son of a 68-year-old Ohio man sentenced to six years in prison for fatally shooting his ailing wife in her hospital bed said he understands why his father pulled the trigger.
Associated Press
Jan 18, 2014


Mark Wise, in a letter accompanying a clemency application, said he was devastated by his mother’s death but nevertheless supports clemency.

A copy of his sworn affidavit signed Dec. 19 was provided Friday to the Associated Press by Wise’s defense. Gov. John Kasich’s administration won’t comment on clemency.

The prosecutor in Akron opposes clemency for John Wise, of Massillon.

Wise said he shot his debilitated wife out of love in 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.



You can put an animal down but not a person you love and care about. We can show mercy to animals but not humans . Am I missing something ?

thinkagain's picture

Yes, obviously you are missing the ability to differentiate love and murder.


So every time a vet puts an animal
down it's murder ?

thinkagain's picture

A doctor testified that Barbara Wise wasn't terminally ill and appeared to be responding to treatment.

So you’re saying an individual in a depressed and desperate mental state, should be able to sneak a gun into a hospital and shoot a loved one, simply because they “appeared” to be in pain?


the son must be married. any married man would understand. if you do it before they get sick there will be no suffering at all!


Being the 24/7 caretaker in my home for my mom - and it's both our desire that that's where she'll stay as long as I can continue to do so - who is suffering with end stage alzheimer's, I can totally understand where this man is coming from. He loved his wife and didn't want to see her in pain and suffering any more. I don't know that I would have taken - or would take - as drastic a measure to put her out of misery, especially in a public hospital but I think you have to be in the same position as the person is in order to understand what's going on and why they did it. Kind of the "walk a mile in my shoes" kind of deal.