Judge: 60-Year Sentence for Man Who Killed Wife

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

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by Associated Press

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.


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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