Keith Robbins Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For Slaying His Wife

MAYVILLE – Keith Robbins, 37, of Jamestown, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison and five years supervised release after pleading guilty to the shooting death of his wife.

Robbins killed his wife, Shari, in November of 2016 in a church parking lot on Prospect Street. Robbins fled from police and was arrested five days later following a six-hour standoff with police at a Todd Avenue residence. He was also accused of stabbing K-9 Officer Mitchell during the arrest.

After his arrest, Robbins was taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for a reported self-inflicted stab wound to the chest and a dog bite. Robbins accepted a deal of first-degree manslaughter, the court announced just as the trial was scheduled to begin.

In a statement, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson said his heart breaks for the victim’s families.  He said the family is pleased to “have been able to put this tragic event to rest with the defendant admitting guilt.”

He said he hopes the family can put together as normal a life as possible and to heal. Once out of prison, Robbins will serve five years of supervised release.

Robbins was indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury on charges of second-degree murder and injuring a police animal. He was represented by Public Defender Ned Barone.