Judge: 60-year sentence for man who killed wife

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.


  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback