Saturday, June 08, 2002

Man gets life terms in slayings

By Marie McCain,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A 25-year-old Carthage man was sentenced to serve two consecutive life sentences in prison Friday for the murders of his wife and their unborn child.

        John Broe, who appeared before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge David P. Davis, was convicted by a jury in April for the beating death of his 24-year-old wife, Shannon.

        Mrs. Broe was five months pregnant at the time of her Sept. 7 death.

        According to court records, Mrs. Broe had accused her husband of cheating on her with an 18-year-old woman who also was pregnant with his child. The couple began arguing in their North Bend Road home.

        Mr. Broe, who has a degree in criminology, told police that his wife came toward him with a knife and he threatened to hit her with a baseball bat if she didn't stop.

        He told police she didn't stop and he hit her with the bat. Five times.

        Mrs. Broe's body was found three days later, buried in a container near the Dana Avenue entrance ramp to southbound Interstate 71 in Evanston.

        Judge Davis added five years to Mr. Broe's sentence because he'd also was convicted of tampering with evidence when he moved his wife's body.


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