Maine woman sentenced to prison for grisly murder of husband

Fri Jun 27, 2014 4:16pm EDT

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(Reuters) - A Bangor, Maine, woman on Friday was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the gruesome murder of her husband, whom she was convicted of killing with pliers and a baseball bat, officials said.

Roxanne Jeskey, 51, was found guilty last month of the 2011 murder of her 53-year-old husband, Richard Jeskey, according to the Maine Superior Court clerk's office in Bangor.

Prosecutors said she used a plastic baseball bat, a razor, broken wood, metal towel racks and needle-nosed pliers in a jealous rage.

Trial evidence showed Richard Jeskey suffered extensive injuries to his head, neck, torso, limbs and genitalia.

Before being sentenced by Superior Court Justice E. Allen Hunter, Jeskey apologized to her husband's family.

"One thing I wish most is that all would be well with the Jeskey family with no sorrow," she was quoted by the Bangor Daily News as saying. "I will forever be sorry for my husband's death.”

Defense attorneys argued she suffered from mental health problems. She pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the charge but twice was found competent to stand trial.

(Additional reporting by Dave Sherwood in Bowdoinham, Maine, Writing by Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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FacingTheWind wrote:
Not a heat of passion act? “Roxanne Jeskey admitted to assaulting her husband with various weapons, including pliers, a box cutter and a plastic baseball bat, after she says he was on the phone with an ex-girlfriend. The medical examiner found extensive multiple blunt and sharp force injuries on Richard Jeskey, including loss of an eye, rectal wounds, rib and nose fractures and internal hemorrhage. The medical examiner also says he was strangled with sufficient force”.

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