Jury Convicts Robert Luch of First-Degree Murder

A jury finds Robert James Luch guilty for the 2010 murder of his wife, Jocelyn. He can spend up to 99 years in prison for the 1st and 2nd degree murder charges. Sentencing is scheduled for June.

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by Megan Mazurek

ANCHORAGE - A jury finds Robert James Luch guilty for the 2010 murder of his wife, Jocelyn.

He can spend up to 99 years in prison for the first-degree murder charges.

Seated in the front row Thursday afternoon (2/7) Luch's 3 daughters ushered in the verdict with tears. Their brother, Luch's son, received the news via telephone. He and Marcelyn, 20, testified in their father's murder trial regarding their mother's alleged infidelity. According to Judge Smith, the children will be able to visit Luch in prison now the trial is finished.

Afterward the verdict was read, a state prosecutor reflected on the trial's most powerful moments, including Jocelyn's final words captured on an audio recording.

"To have the words of the victim played to the jury is very unusual," said Clint Campion, deputy district attorney. "I think it's very powerful they {the jury} heard exactly what she was going through and what she perceived what happened to her and I doubt I'll see that again in my career."

Luch's sentencing is scheduled for Friday, June 7.

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sher said on Wednesday, Jun 4 at 10:55 PM

Was this the clip I saw on the 10 pm news about the guy that grows raspberries on the Old Glenn Hwy? Is he the one charged with murder 1?

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