From the AP:
A former Ivy League professor pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter for killing his wife as she wrapped Christmas presents last year, telling a judge he “just lost it” during an argument.
Rafael Robb [shown at right], once a tenured economics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, faces a likely prison sentence of 4 ½ to seven years for bludgeoning his wife, Ellen, on Dec. 22.
Robb, 57, said Monday that he got into an argument with his wife about a trip she was taking with their daughter and whether they would be returning in time for the daughter to return to school.
“We started a discussion about that. The discussion was tense,” Robb said. “We were both anxious about it. We both got angry. At one point, Ellen pushed me. … I just lost it.”
Ellen Robb, 49, described as a stay-at-home mother who doted on their only child, died in the kitchen of their home in Upper Merion Township, outside Philadelphia.
“It’s a classic heat-of-passion killing,” said Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor. *** Rafael Robb apologized to his 13-year-old daughter, Olivia, and family in court Monday. “I know she liked her mother…. And now she doesn’t have a mother,” he said, stifling tears. ***
Sentencing will likely take place in a few months. Guidelines call for a term of 4 ½ to seven years, but Castor said state law allows anything from probation to 10 to 20 years.
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If you are young, black and male, receiving consensual oral sex can land you in jail for 20+ years (see here), but if you are middle-aged, not black, highly-educated and live in the suburbs, killing your spouse can land you in jail for four and a half to seven years. Four and a half to seven years? This “former Ivy League professor” is eligible for probation (!) under Pennsylvania law.
Hat tip: Vanessa Merton.