Life Sentence For Ohioan Who Killed Mom, Kept Body

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who stabbed his mother and then lived with her decomposing corpse for about six months has been sentenced to life in prison.

A judge in Akron who sentenced 33-year-old Michael Petrie on Wednesday says he will not be eligible for parole.

Prosecutors say the Barberton man left his mother exactly where he killed her and left two murder weapons — a kitchen knife and a martial arts weapon — near her body.

Authorities say 67-year-old Maureen Petrie was killed last October. Her body was not found until this past April.

Michael Petrie had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. But the jury convicted him of aggravated murder and abuse of a corpse.

His attorney says he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and was off his medication.

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