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SANTA FE – Making no excuses for shooting his wife, Jack Markham pled guilty and was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday afternoon in First District Court.
Markham, 56, was ordered to serve 10 years of incarceration for killing Robin Markham the evening of Aug. 4, but because of health conditions may end up in a facility other than prison – but it will be a place for people who’ve committed violent crimes, Judge Michael Vigil told him.
“This is really a tragedy,” said Vigil who called on the family to find forgiveness and peace for the sake of the Markham’s young grandchildren. “I think your remorse today is very important, one step to allow those who love Robin to go on. You didn’t try to justify your actions.”
Markham’s attorney, Damian Horn, said in all the months Markham never reviled his wife or excused the deed or explained it.
As part of his plea deal, Markham also agreed to allow his collection of rifles and handguns to be destroyed. Police discovered the firearms inside Markham’s Denver Steel home where he shot and killed his wife in their bedroom.
Markham actually received 15 years with five suspended followed by two years mandatory probation and he must pay restitution for his wife’s funeral expenses upon his release.
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