Man guilty of cliff push faces August sentencing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Prosecutors and a defense attorney for a man convicted of bashing his wife

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ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Prosecutors and a defense attorney for a man convicted of bashing his wife's head with a rock and pushing her off a cliff say the man's sentencing will likely take place next month.

A Maine jury convicted 71-year-old Charles Black of six felonies on Monday. The top charge of attempted murder carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. Defense attorney Walter McKee says he expects sentencing sometime in late August.

Prosecutors say Black hit his then-wife Lisa Zahn on the head with a rock before pushing her off 800-foot Maiden Cliff in April 2011. Investigators say the couple had been arguing about Black spending some of Zahn's inheritance money and an affair he had.

Both tumbled down the mountainside and were hospitalized for more than a week.

Zahn and Black were married nine years and moved to Maine after retiring from teaching careers in Kansas four years ago.


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