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No Prison for Elderly Man Who Killed Wife

A Deltona man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter after killing his wife will not go to prison.

A judge sentenced 82-year-old Robert Benjo on Friday to two years of house arrest, followed by 13 years probation to fulfill a
15-year suspended prison. A defense attorney had argued that Benjo
had only killed his sick, elderly wife to end her suffering.

Benjo fired a .22-caliber bullet into the head of his wife, Peggy, on June 5, 2008. His attorney said the woman suffered from cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

Benjo pleaded guilty to manslaughter in September. He could have faced a maximum of 30 years in prison.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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