published Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Chattanooga man pleads guilty to killing his wife

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    John Wiser was arrested at his 3531 Sleepy Hollow Road home at 9:30 p.m. when police found his wife, Shannon Wiser, “unconscious and suffering from unknown injuries.”

John Bradley Wiser pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge today in the 2010 beating and strangulation death of his wife Shannon Wiser.

Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern sentenced Wiser to 20 years as part of an agreed-upon sentence between the District Attorney’ s office and Wiser’s attorney Jay Clements.

Wiser was originally charged with first-degree murder following the Sept. 7, 2010 incident. He pleaded guilty to the lower charge to avoid a trial.

Under Tennessee law, a conviction of second-degree murder carries a 15- to 25-year sentence range.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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