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LA resident convicted of killing wife released from prison

Jack Markham, 64, was released from prison Monday, nine years after killing his wife in their Los Alamos home.

In 2008, Markham shot his wife, Robin Markham, three times in the chest Aug. 4, 2008, inside their Los Alamos home. In May 2009, he was convicted of second-degree murder.

Markham did not explain in court why he killed his wife. He 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.

“He was supposed to serve 10, and I believe it’s only been nine, and I’m a little disappointed,” Robin Markham’s friend Geri Perrault said Monday. “I’m curious myself, as to why he’s being let out. I don’t have any good comments to say about that, nothing good to say.”

Articles in the Los Alamos Monitor at the time indicated that a struggle between the Markhams took place before the shooting. Evidence presented at the 2008 trial detailed that Robin Markham was missing several fingernails and that there were bruises found on several parts of her body.

“She did everything for that man,” Perrault said. “I still don’t know why, even after talking with his family, why he did what he did, he never did say.”

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