Adrian Jackson is going to prison for beating his wife two days before she died of causes not associated with the beating.
Ohio County Circuit Judge James Mazzone sentenced Jackson, 36, of Wheeling to one-to-five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of domestic violence third offense.
Assistant Prosecutor Gail Kahle told Mazzone that on Nov. 11, officers with Wheeling and West Virginia State police departments responded to a call regarding a domestic disturbance at the Maplewood Apartments on 29th Street.
"Upon arrival, officers found Amy Jackson with visible injuries to her eyes, head and back," he said. "She had a broken orbital socket. She said her husband beat her up in the hallway of the apartment building."
He said Jackson had fled the scene but police arrested him a short time later. He was arraigned the next day and has been in jail since.
"His wife died two days later of unrelated causes," Kahle said. "We immediately cautioned the state medical examiner to take extra care with the autopsy because of the beating. The autopsy revealed no connection between the cause of death and injuries from the building."
Mazzone's sentencing reflected an agreement between Kahle and Assistant Public Defender James Tiu.
Tiu asked Mazzone to include in Jackson's commitment order that he be provided with substance abuse counseling.
"This court does not have the authority to do that," Mazzone said. "He will have to request treatment through the proper channels."