Jonathan Nyce Sentenced
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Sept. 22, 2005 -- A judge in Mercer County today sentenced a former pharmaceutical executive to eight years in prison for killing his philandering wife after she returned home from a tryst in 2004.
A jury convicted Jonathan Nyce of passion-provocation manslaughter in July. Prosecutors had sought a murder conviction.
The 55-year-old had confessed to smashing Michelle Nyce's head on the concrete floor of their Hopewell Township garage, but said it was an accident.
The sentence includes a year for tampering with evidence because he drove her body into a nearby creek to try to make it appear that she died in a car crash.
Nyce will be eligible for parole in about six years because of time served.
Prosecutors say they're disappointed he will not serve the maximum eleven-and-a-half years.
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