- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a man who claimed he killed his severely ill wife at her request.

The court handed down the ruling Tuesday to 54-year-old Mark Schemm of Crescent, who was convicted of fist-degree murder in the June 2013 death of 49-year-old Monica Schemm.

Mark Schemm told investigators he helped his wife commit suicide, then staged a home invasion to cover it up. Authorities say Monica Schemm suffered a brain tumor, had chemotherapy and had a fall that caused severe brain injury that left her disabled, needing 24-hour care.

The appeals court ruled the facts of the case didn’t support lesser charges, including aiding suicide. Schemm’s attorney, James L. Hankins, says he believes the first-degree murder charge is too severe.

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