MAYVILLE-Keith Robbins, the 36-year-old Jamestown man who was accused of killing his wife, Shari, entered a guilty plea of 1st degree Manslaughter Thursday according to a report from The Post-Journal.
Shari was killed in a Prospect St. parking lot last November. Robbins fled the area and was taken into custody Nov. 16th after a nearly six-hour standoff with police at a Todd Ave. residence. He stabbed himself and JPD’s K-9 Mitchell during the standoff.
Mitchell, who sustained injuries, did recover.
First Degree Manslaughter carries a sentence of 20-25 years in prison and five years post-supervision release, and he’ll reportedly be sentenced by County Court Judge David Foley in December. Robbins’ plea deal marks the second manslaughter deal of the year, with Allen Witruke also pleading guilty to two counts of manslaughter.
Witruke was sentenced to two consecutive 20-year prison terms in August. Many community residents have asked via social media why District Attorney Patrick Swanson offered pleas to both men, who were set to stand trial for 2nd degree Murder (Witruke faced two charges as he was accused of killing both his wife and step-son in 2015).
WNYNewsNow left a message at noon with Swanson’s office to address the concerns of his constituents but, as of 12: 30 PM publish time, have yet to receive a response.
We will provide updates when and if they become available.