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Judge: 60-year sentence for man who killed wife

Posted: October 15, 2013 - 12:51pm

ANCHORAGE — A 65-year-old Anchorage man convicted of murder in the shooting death of his wife has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.

The Anchorage Daily News reports (http://is.gd/oX8GwS) that Superior Court Judge Jack Smith imposed that sentence Monday on Robert Luch. The judge said the man could be eligible for parole in 20 years.

A jury in February convicted Luch of first- and second-degree murder.

During the trial, neither side disputed that Luch pulled the trigger, killing his 40-year-old wife, Jocelyn, on Sept. 28, 2010, in a bathroom of their home. Prosecutors said he bought a handgun just 11 days earlier with plans to kill his wife because he was losing his control of her.

Luch told jurors he was in a jealous rage that night but said the fatal shooting was an accident that happened as the couple fought.

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