- Associated Press - Friday, February 28, 2014

MONTROSE, Pa. (AP) - A former police officer in northeastern Pennsylvania has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the death of his estranged wife more than 30 years ago.

The Times-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1exkOre) said former Montrose police Sgt. John Walker was immediately sentenced Thursday to two to four years behind bars in the 1983 death of Lynda Walker in New Milford, Susquehanna County.

Walker was charged with first-degree murder in October 2012 after a grand jury investigation and has been in prison since then. The murder charge was dropped in exchange for Walker’s voluntary manslaughter no-contest plea.

Walker told authorities he found his wife’s body with a gun in her hand. Her death was initially ruled a suicide.

Her body was exhumed in 2011 and a forensic examination concluded the gunshot wasn’t self-inflicted.


Information from: The Times-Tribune, https://thetimes-tribune.com/

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