UPDATED: Fri 9:20 AM, Aug 9, 2013
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- An Iraq War veteran who pleaded guilty to shooting his wife, a Milwaukee-area police officer, is scheduled to be sentenced.
Thirty-year-old Benjamin G. Sebena initially pleaded insanity. But he changed his plea in June after two doctors concluded that his mental-health issues weren't severe enough to justify an insanity plea.
He was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, which carries a mandatory life sentence. However, the judge Friday will have the option of granting him parole eligibility after at least 20 years. Prosecutors have said they'll recommend Sebena not be eligible for parole for at least 50 years.
Sebena was convicted of ambushing 30-year-old Jennifer Sebena, a Wauwatosa police officer, as she conducted a solo pre-dawn patrol on Christmas Eve. He told investigators he was a jealous husband.
ORIGINAL STORY: Fri 9:15 AM, Mar 01, 2013
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- An Iraq War veteran charged with killing his wife, a suburban Milwaukee police officer, has changed his plea to not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
Benjamin Sebena will now undergo a mental examination by a court-appointed forensic psychiatrist.
Sebena earlier pleaded not guilty to first-degree intentional homicide in the Christmas Eve shooting death of 30-year-old Jennifer Sebena. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports he changed his plea Friday.
Jennifer Sebena was shot five times in the head while on duty. She apparently was ambushed as she left a Wauwatosa fire station.
According to the criminal complaint, Sebena told investigators he had been stalking his wife and was jealous.
Neither his attorney nor an assistant district attorney spoke after the hearing. Trial is set for July 8.
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