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Corinth man accused of killing his wife rejects plea deal

August 01, 2019 07:25 PM

BALLSTON SPA - Eric Rosenbrock, 35, professed his innocence Thursday. "Not guilty, your honor."

Accused of manslaughter in the shooting death of his wife, Ashley Rosenbrock, inside their Corinth home in November, Rosenbrock claims it was a tragic accident. He was cleaning his 9 millimeter handgun.

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Police and prosecutors don't accuse him of intentionally shooting his wife, but rather that he recklessly caused her death.

If convicted at trial, Rosenbrock could be sentenced to as much as five to 15 years in state prison.

However, prosecutors revealed in court Thursday they'd previously made an offer to the father of three that if he pleaded guilty to the charge, he wouldn't go to prison.

"Which was a term of five years of probation with a plea to the charge that the defendant was originally charged with out of the local court," said Assistant District Attorney Michele Schettino, saying the proposed deal remains on the table for three weeks.

"After that time, I would note for the record that this offer will no longer be available to the defense."

However, the defense isn't interested in the offer. Rosenbrock's attorney said, "I think she understands from what I've said in the family that this is anything but a typical case and obviously we're here because we feel we're not guilty of anything. And I guess what I don't understand is why if it's a just offer of no jail at this time, what three weeks are going to make."

Rosenbrock, who is a science teacher at Lake George High School, remains free on his own recognizance under the supervision of a county probation officer.

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