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February 22, 2013

John King sentenced to 10 years in strangulation case

Essex County mom, wiferecount domestic violence

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“He comes up with great stories when he has to defend himself.”

The prosecutor pointed to John’s lack of remorse in the pre-sentencing statement and to his lack of concern for his children.

“Why this day in particular?” Sprague asked aloud of the attack. “This was the first time the victim was able to get the bags in her car.”

Sprague said John asked for the plea “because he knew he couldn’t smooth-talk the evidence.”

The young daughter was set to testify, the DA said.

“She told me she witnessed what happened to her mother — she saw her father punch her mother … strangle her mother in the chair … and drag her mother’s body to a corner. Then she ran upstairs and hid.”

BRIEF RECESS

When Meyer halted sentencing to be sure Meredith did not want to bring the matter to trial, she turned and looked with surprise at Sprague, who then took a brief recess to discuss it with her.

They opted out, seeking an end the 17-month ordeal.

John, wearing a wrinkled suit, a tie and shackles, had no comment when asked in court if he would like to make a statement.

Along with the 10 years in state prison, Meyer sentenced him to an additional five years of supervision for felony strangulation.

He also issued an eight-year order of protection barring John from contacting Meredith after he is released from prison.

And the judge suspended visitation rights of the children to see their father in jail, pending evaluation of what harm, if any, his visits with them have had in the past 17 months.

“Until you entered a guilty plea,” Meyer said to King, “you were presumed innocent. I never heard the evidence.”

Meyer said courts can’t decide on paperwork alone, giving John King credit for admitting guilt.

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