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Man Who Killed Wife Will Be Free After Serving Just 4 Years

Last updated on Monday, September 30, 2013

(BLOOMINGTON) - Ronald Lewis received a 20-year prison sentence in 2009 for shooting his wife to death.

On Thursday, the prosecutor Chris Gaal received a letter from Lewis, saying he would be coming by his office on Dec. 11 to retrieve belongings taken from the couple's Lake Monroe condo - a laptop computer, his watch, $87, two cellphones and his dead wife's wedding rings.

Lewis pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and is getting out of prison just four years after receiving a 20-year sentence.

Lewis initially claimed his wife's December 2007 shooting death at their Pointe condominium was a "freak accident" and that he was innocent of murder. Then, in January 2009 he admitted in court that he intentionally shot 59-year-old Laura Lewis once in the back of the head in a sudden heat of the moment.

He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Police say Lewis shot his wife with a .38-caliber handgun, then shot himself once in the chest and three times in the head in a suicide attempt.

He left a note taped to the condo's front door addressed "to whoever finds our bodies."

As for why or what the motive was, police say they were both wanted on warrants out of Clark County for fraud and they were losing their condo after a foreclosure.

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