Attorney hopes public support will help get elderly man out of prison

He loved his wife enough to kill her and end her suffering.

That is the argument from supporters of an elderly man who shot his wife.

One week after Barbara Wise suffered an aneurysm, her husband of 46 years walked into her hospital room and shot her once in the head.

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John Wise then tried to commit suicide, but the gun jammed.

In December of last year, the 68-year-old was sentenced to six years in prison.

Wise's Attorney, Paul Adamson, calls it a death sentence for the elderly man who suffers from diabetes and cancer.

Wise's attorney has now filed paperwork asking Governor John Kasich for clemency for his client and is asking for the public's support.

Adamson is hoping to get 200,000 signatures on a petition on the website to encourage the governor to let his client out of prison.

This was a unique trial in that the defense, prosecutors and judge worked to get Wise the shortest prison sentence legally possible.

Mercy is not a legal defense in the state of Ohio.

In a tearful interview Wise says it was a mistake for him to shot his wife but that his actions were done out of love.

For attorney Adamson this has turned into a personal crusade.

He says Wise say his s actions as fulfilling his wedding vows to take care of his wife.

On top of the $30,000 for Wise's incarceration, taxpayers will also pay for his medical care while he is in prison.

Wise suffers from a number of health issues including complications related to his diabetes and his battle with bladder cancer.

The Ohio Parole Pard will conduct an investigation and will make recommendation on whether to grant clemency, but the final decision will be up the the governor.


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