Ohio son backs clemency in dad's killing of mother

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The son of a 68-year-old Ohio man sentenced to six years in prison for fatally shooting his ailing wife in her hospital bed says he understands why his father pulled the trigger.

Mark Wise, in a letter accompanying a clemency application, says he was devastated by his mother's death but nevertheless supports clemency.

A copy of his sworn affidavit signed Dec. 19 was provided Friday to the Associated Press by Wise's defense.

Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) administration won't comment on clemency. The prosecutor in Akron opposes clemency for John Wise of Massillon (MAS'-ih-luhn).

Wise said he shot his debilitated wife out of love in 2012 after she suffered aneurysms and appeared to be in pain at an Akron hospital. Mercy is not a defense to a murder charge in Ohio.

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