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Man, 88, tried to kill wife with hammer gets six months in prison

Martin Turkiewicz pleaded guilty to assault last November.

(Erie County Sheriff’s Office.)

BUFFALO, NY – An 88-year-old man who tried to kill his wife with a hammer at her New York nursing home has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Martin Turkiewicz told a court on Thursday he wanted to end his wife suffering from dementia. The Cheektowaga resident walked into the room of his wife of 60 years in September and hit her in the head with a hammer.

Rita Turkiewicz is recovering from a fractured skull.

Martin Turkiewicz pled guilty to assault in November and is out on bail.

He told the judge that he wanted to tell his wife how sorry he is. An order of protection prohibits him not to see or contact her, except on public holidays under the supervision.

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