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AKRON -- Sentencing for a Massillon man convicted of killing his wife in the hospital is set for 1:30 p.m. Friday December 13.

Back in early November, after a week-long trial, a jury convicted John Wise, 68, of shooting his wife of 45 years, Barbara, in her hospital bed on Aug. 4, 2012.

Wise took the stand in his own defense and told jurors he shot his wife of 45 years because he was heartsick after a stroke left her debilitated and unable to speak.

The jury convicted Wise on three counts, including aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault.

At the request of the Summit County Prosecutor, Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands will consider a lighter sentence for Wise, who faces up to life in prison.

Rowlands also said the sentence must fit within legal limits.

The prosecutor said earlier that the unique circumstances warranted a lesser sentence for Wise than a mandatory 20 years to life for aggravated murder. Instead, Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh suggested that Wise be sentenced on the lesser included crime of manslaughter and get a six-year term.

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