Tuesday, October 03, 2000

Wife killer sentenced: 'I know I have to pay'

He says it was accident; judge says 24-to-life

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — To Michael Pardon, his wife's death at the Digitron factory in Franklin was an accident.

        Standing before a Warren County judge Monday before he was sentenced to 24 years to life in prison, Mr. Pardon maintained the gun he took along to kill himself mistakenly discharged when he pushed his wife, Shirley, aside so he could confront her lover.

        “My wife is the only one I ever loved. If I could go back to that day ... it would have been me. It would have been me that was buried that day,” the 27-year-old factory worker told Judge P. Daniel Fedders in a hushed voice.

        “I know I have to pay for what I did. I've done wrong. It's the worst kind of thing I could have done.”

"Needs some ... help'

               But Mrs. Pardon's brother, James Allen, said he thinks Mr. Pardon is delusional. The Kettering, Ohio, man witnessed the confrontation and was shot in the leg as Mr. Pardon chased his wife's lover, Charles Weaver, through the factory March 24.

        Mrs. Pardon, shot in the face, died on the factory floor.

        “He asked them one question: "Is this the way it's going to be?' They both responded, "Yes.' He reached into his pocket and pulled out the gun,” Mr. Allen said after the hearing while he clutched a portrait of Mrs. Pardon.

        “I think Mike needs some psychological help to come away from the delusional facts that it was all just an accident. He can hide it from everybody but himself.”

        Mr. Pardon pleaded guilty in August to a single charge of murder and two counts of attempted murder involving Mr. Allen and Mr. Weaver.

        He initially raised an insanity defense against charges of aggravated murder and attempted murder and was to go on trial days before the plea.

        Prosecutors had sought the death penalty, but a grand jury declined. Mr. Pardon faced a minimum of 18 years to life in prison and a maximum term of 38 years to life.

Attorney: He snapped

               Judge Fedders said he considered Mr. Pardon's lack of a criminal history and the seriousness of the crime in determining the sentence.

        “No prison term adequately reflects the seriousness of what you did,” Judge Fedders told Mr. Pardon. “I don't think you will ever be paroled.”

        Mr. Pardon's attorney, Pat Long, said his client told police “he snapped when Weaver rubbed it in his face” that he and Mrs. Pardon were having an affair.

        “He could not handle her leaving him,” Mr. Long said. “He was delusional. He thought he could talk her out of it, and everyone would live happily ever after.”


Port authority plan passes final hurdles
Port Authority proposal details
Cheney here for debate, ribs
Watch the debate and tell us what you think
Boater on trial for 3 deaths
Cat lady's death may bring new charges
PULFER: Mystery clerk aims to please
Ten Commandments backers see many signs of support
Wilmington teacher named tops in Ohio
CPS board extends superintendent's contract
Elections worker quits amid probe
Enquirer subscriptions increase Nov. 1
Man runs as fire blazes
Man sues after 92 days in jail without trial
Drug suspects recalled as good students
Jail dispute leads to early exits
Mason hires temporary fire chief
Mason moves against sex businesses
Life in Tristate is under scrutiny
Ohio school money studied
Pupils gain interest in new school bank
Sports bias suit fails
Woman, 18, charged in Mt. Washington slaying
Woman's conviction overturned in death of motorcyclist
$4.5M saved on stadium
Kentucky Digest
Local Digest
- Wife killer sentenced: 'I know I have to pay'