Doctor Convicted of Murdering Wife, Burying Her Under HouseRICH HARRIS , Associated Press
Jun. 30, 1990 2:08 AM ET
MANSFIELD, OHIO MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) _ A doctor who suffocated his wife and buried her in concrete under a house he planned to share with his girlfriend and children has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Dr. John F. Boyle was convicted by a jury Friday of the aggravated murder of his 44-year-old wife, Noreen, ending a five-month murder mystery that had engrossed this north-central Ohio town.
Judge James Henson of Richland County Common Pleas Court immediately imposed a life sentence with no chance of parole for 20 years.
The 47-year-old osteopath also was fined $25,000 on the charge of aggravated murder and $2,500 on a charge of abuse of a corpse.
Boyle blinked and frowned as the verdict was read in the crowded courtroom. About 50 people watching on a television monitor in a courthouse hallway cheered.
A defense attorney, Charles Robinson, said he expected Boyle to appeal.
Prosecutors alleged Boyle killed his wife so he could end costly divorce proceedings and move into a $229,900 house he had bought near Erie, Pa., with his girlfriend, Sherri Campbell.
Police said Boyle suffocated his wife on Dec. 31 in their Mansfield home, buried her in the basement floor of the Erie house and sealed the grave with concrete. The body was dug up Jan. 25 during a police search of the house.
Boyle testified that he planned to have his 12-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter live with him in the house.
He said his relationship with his wife had been poor since their marriage began in 1968. He said Mrs. Boyle knew of his affair with Ms. Campbell, who on Jan. 12 gave birth to a child. Ms. Campbell filed a paternity suit against Boyle on Feb. 21.
''A great deal could be said at this time, and a great deal will be said, unfortunately. You have to make your own peace. God go with you,'' the judge told Boyle before pronouncing sentence.
The jury deliberated more than six hours over two days after hearing testimony from 83 witnesses. A television station replayed each day's proceedings, and closing arguments were carried live.