Robert Luch Sentenced for Killing Wife
Updated On: Oct 15 2013 12:36:47 AM AKDT
Robert Luch, 65, never denied shooting his wife in September 2010, but he's always said it was not intentional. On Monday, he stood by that testimony, with his children standing by his side as the judge handed down a 60 year prison sentence.
In February, a jury convicted Luch of first and second-degree murder of his 40-year-old wife Jocelyn.
Harsh words were exchanged during the sentencing. When a sister of the murder victim testified telephonically, Luch interrupted and yelled out that she was a liar and later said his wife hated her because she gossiped a lot.
The prosecution says aside from the sister, no one in court stood up for Jocelyn.
“It's our job to be advocates in this situation [...] if we don't get that sentence,” said Clint Campion, State Prosecutor.
Despite killing their mother, all four of Luch's children spoke in court on Monday on his behalf, saying he was a loving father.
“I can fully assure each and every person in this courtroom [he is a] loving person,” said Delia Luch, daughter of Robert & Jocelyn Luch.
11 days before shooting his wife at their Turnagain home, Robert Luch purchased a handgun.
"I think it's like what my client said in his pre-sentencing interview; this is a crime of love not a crime of hate and under the circumstances that he committed this crime, he's a law abiding citizen his entire life,” said Chad McGrady, Luch's defense attorney.
Because of his clean criminal history, the minimum time Luch could face behind bars would be 20 years. The prosecution says the sentence is justice, despite not getting the maximum of 99 years.
“It's a long sentence and it sends a strong message,” said Clint Campion, State Prosecutor. “Domestic violence is unacceptable.”
Luch will be eligible for parole in 20 years. If he is denied parole, then in 40 years, he could be released pending good behavior at the age of 105.
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