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Robert Abrams gets life in prison for killing wife after Pittsburgh Penguins triple-OT argument

Greg Wyshynski
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Early morning on April 23, 2010, Robert Abrams of South Fayette, Pa., watched the Pittsburgh Penguins' triple-overtime playoff loss against the Ottawa Senators. His wife, Jeannette Abrams, started arguing with him about finding time to watch hockey but not to find a job. According to police, this set the husband off, and the results were horrific:

Abrams confessed to police at the time to beating his wife in the head with a hammer and stabbing her, and then setting the house on fire with the intent of killing himself — only he changed his mind and escaped through a bathroom window.

An Allegheny County jury began hearing testimony on this case on Monday. On Tuesday, they returned a verdict of guilty of first-degree murder, arson and recklessly endangering another person. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Robert Abrams, 42, stood stoically as the jury foreman read the verdict, which included convictions of arson, abuse of a corpse and two counts of reckless endangerment for killing Jeanette Abrams, 44, and setting their house ablaze April 23, 2010. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole when he is sentenced.

This story was repulsive when it broke two years ago, and remains horrific today. But it sounds like justice was served.

s/t reader Bill S.

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