Man sentenced after pleading guilty in case of wife’s death
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A man who entered a guilty plea earlier this month in connection with his wife’s 2011 death was sentenced Tuesday.

William Franklin Crabbs was sentenced by Judge Scott Smith to 15 years with three to serve in custody and the remaining years on probation. He also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and, as a condition of probation, may not work or volunteer as a caregiver for any person, according to District Attorney Rosemary Greene’s office.

Crabbs was indicted by a grand jury in 2012 on charges of murder — special presentment, two counts of felony murder — special presentment, voluntary manslaughter — special presentment, aggravated battery — special presentment and aggravated assault — special presentment.

According to the indictment, Crabbs was facing eviction and the inability to provide care for his wife, Susan Miles, who was physically immobilized at the time. On Feb. 11, 2011, Crabbs piped carbon monoxide into the room where Miles was located after he gave her an unknown amount of hydromorphone and zolpidem. The resulting mixture created an acute toxicity in Miles’ body, which resulted in her death on March 16, 2011.