Judge sentences Baldwin Borough man 14 1/2 to 30 years in prison for killing wife
A Baldwin Borough man who fatally shot his wife after a night of drinking will spend 14 1⁄2 to 30 years in prison, an Allegheny County judge ruled Monday.
Benjamin Conway, 32, pleaded guilty last week to third-degree murder.
Conway, his wife, Kimberly Jo, 33, and his stepbrother, Clifford Hockenberry, no age or address available, drank at several bars Nov. 3 before returning to the couple's home on Meadowcrest Road, police said.
According to a criminal complaint, Hockenberry told police the Conways began arguing in the basement, and he heard a shot about 1 a.m. He went to the basement and found Kimberly Conway unresponsive on the floor.
“I killed Kim,” Conway told his stepbrother.
Conway threatened to kill himself with a .357-caliber revolver. Hockenberry grabbed the gun. The weapon discharged in the kitchen as he wrestled it away from Conway. Hockenberry said he ran outside with the gun and called police. Conway then attempted suicide by cutting himself with broken glass. He was taken into custody and treated for his wounds.
Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Anthony M. Mariani imposed the prison sentence.
Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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