Husband, 90, jailed for murdering wife

A 90-year-old was jailed for 17 years today for battering his wife of 67 years to death with a hammer in the US.

John Bunz stumbled on his way into court in Buffalo and was helped to his chair by deputies. He pleaded guilty in July to first-degree manslaughter.

Bunz had faced a more serious second-degree murder charge, but prosecutors agreed to the plea because of his age.

He admitted hitting 89-year-old Virginia Bunz about 30 times with a hammer after the couple argued in March at the retirement village apartment they shared in the suburb of Amherst.

Bunz, a retired chemist, was admitted to hospital briefly after the attack for injuries described as self-inflicted.

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