Man Sentenced To Life For Killing Wife During Argument About New Car

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UPDATED: Tuesday April 9, 2013 3:22 PM

A Gahanna man learned his punishment Tuesday morning after admitting he murdered his wife of 34 years.

Thomas Edwards told the court he wishes he could change places with his wife.

“There's nothing I can do,” he said.

Teresa Edward's son, Brian Swartz, told the court his stepfather never had the self-control to stay sober.

“He is volatile.  He explodes,” said Swartz.

Prosecutors said Edwards "exploded" last May when his wife refused to get out of bed to go buy a car.  

Investigators said Edwards told them it was just after five in the morning when he had a drink and a cigarette, got his gun, and shot his wife four times in the head as she begged for her life.  

Edwards told the court, “We all have great loss in having her taken from us.”

Judge Kimberly Cocroft clearly took offense, calling the crime one of the most mean and hateful things she's ever heard.

"What you failed to say is the reason that she is not here, is because you killed her,” said Cocroft.

The defense told the court that Edwards is an alcoholic and has no memory of the shooting.  Her son said he doesn't believe that.

“I hope that he sees the visions for the rest of...for the remainder of his life,” said Swartz.

Prosecutors said the couple had a history of domestic violence.

The victim's son took it another step further, actually thanking Thomas for getting his mother out of the situation.

“…and for lack of better words...the hell that she lived through,” he added.

The judge sentenced Thomas to life in prison.  He'll be eligible for release in 28 years.  

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