Man convicted of killing wife 42 years his senior

Man convicted of killing wife 42 years his senior

WASHINGTON (AP) — An eccentric German man who pretended to be an Iraqi army general and often boasted of his political and diplomatic connections was convicted Thursday of killing his 91-year-old socialite and journalist wife.

A jury deliberated for about half a day before finding Albrecht Muth, 49, guilty of first-degree murder in the August 2011 beating and
strangulation death of Viola Drath. The German writer was found dead in their row home in Washington’s posh Georgetown neighborhood.

The jury also found that the murder was especially heinous and cruel.  Muth faces a maximum punishment of life in prison without parole when he is sentenced on March 19.

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