Coroner: Man who pleaded guilty in wife’s death found dead

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — A coroner says the man who pleaded guilty in the 2008 shooting death of his ailing wife has been found dead inside a home in Lexington County.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports ( Lexington County coroner Margaret Fisher said 79-year-old Gustave Adolph Hartner was identified Tuesday as a homicide victim from an April incident in the town of Gaston.

Fisher said Hartner’s death is a homicide. She said he died from a skull fracture secondary to blunt force trauma to the head after a beating. His body was found on April 28 and identified through X-rays.

Hartner pleaded guilty but mentally ill to voluntary manslaughter in 2009 for killing his ailing 90-year-old wife, Mildred Hartner. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and was released late last year.


Information from: The Herald,

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