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Hammond man admits killing estranged wife

Updated: May 1, 2013 2:03PM



A Hammond man has pleaded guilty in Lake Superior Court to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of his estranged wife

James Robert Comanse Sr., 50, admitted he intentionally shot Rosemary Comanse in the back of the head on May 15, 2011, at her home at 11276 177th St., Hammond. The couple had been separated for about one year.

Comanse also admitted he used the gun to strike his son, Erik Comanse, in a way that could have caused serious bodily injury or death. Erik Comanse was struck in the head repeatedly with the gun.

Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell scheduled a May 3 sentencing hearing. Comanse’s plea agreement calls for a 38-year prison sentence. Comanse had faced 45 to 65 years on the murder charge, which will be dismissed along with a separate battery count related to injuries Erik Comanse received.

James Comanse Sr. is the father of James Comanse Jr., 30, who was sentenced in 2009 to 20 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter in the November 2007 shooting death of Marcus Ponce, 18, in East Chicago.



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