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Judge denies sentence reduction in slaying

Thursday - 3/28/2013, 9:51pm  ET

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- A judge has refused to reduce the sentence of a Potomac doctor convicted a decade ago of beating his wife to death with a rubber mallet.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Michael Pincus on Thursday denied 68-year-old Zakaria Oweiss' request to reduce his 30-year sentence.

Oweiss was convicted for the August 2001 murder of his real estate agent wife Marianne Oweiss in their Potomac home.

The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/13C9OF4) that at Thursday's hearing, Oweiss suggested that he was suffering from hypoglycemia the morning his wife was slain and that he couldn't explain how it happened.

In asking for a reduced sentenced, Oweiss' lawyers cited the doctor's exemplary behavior in prison and his failing health.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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