Ohio ex-officer gets 16 years in wife's slaying

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Associated Press

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 9 at 8:31 AM

MENTOR, Ohio (AP) — A former police officer from northeast Ohio has been sentenced to serve at least 16 years in prison in the slaying of his wife — whose body was found wrapped in plastic inside a sleeping bag at their home last fall.

Gary Stroud, a 58-year-old former Lake County sheriff's deputy and Mentor police officer, had pleaded guilty to last month to charges that beat his 53-year-old wife, Diane, in the head with a hammer. Then he wrapped her body and left it in the garage of their home.

At the sentencing Wednesday, Stroud said he loved his wife and was recovering from a head injury due to a stroke when he killed her. He also apologized to his children and the police agencies.

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