- Associated Press - Saturday, January 14, 2017

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A suburban Philadelphia man convicted of trying to kill his wife by beating her and leaving her inside a home after setting fire to it has been sentenced to 12 to 24 years in prison.

Fifty-year-old Joseph Todd was convicted in Bucks County in October of attempted murder, aggravated assault, arson and more than a dozen counts of reckless endangerment.

The Bucks County Courier Times (http://bit.ly/2jkhJDz ) reports that Todd apologized in court to his family during Friday’s sentencing hearing and also told the judge he wanted to return to a life as a productive member of society.

Judge C. Theodore Fritsch criticized what he called “possessive and malicious thinking” displayed in the defendant’s actions and earlier threats as well as his disregard for his children, neighbors and first responders.

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Information from: Bucks County Courier Times, http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com

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