CALDWELL, Ohio - A Caldwell man was recently sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of his wife.
Jerad M. Morrison, 25, was indicted last year on the charge of murder, an unscheduled felony, after the July 9, 2012, shooting death of Tiffany Dawn Morrison.
On Wednesday, Jerad Morrison pleaded guilty in Noble County Court to murder, according to a release from Guernsey County Prosecutor Daniel Padden, who served as a special prosecutor on the case. In exchange, a gun specification was dropped. That means Morrison will be eligible for parole after 15 years instead of 18.
"We did that in order to spare the family from going through a trial and hearing about the marital issues these people were having," Padden said Monday.
The death penalty was never on the table because the requirements for a charge of aggravated murder were not met, he said.
Few details about the case were released initially because of a gag order issued by Noble County Judge Lucien Young III.
On Monday, Noble County Sheriff Steve Hannum said he and a deputy responded to the couple's 702 Miller St. home after Jerad Morrison called 911 early that morning to report the shooting. When they arrived, they found him on the floor next to her.
"After shooting her, he came to his senses and attempted first aid," Hannum said.
The couple had been arguing that night over some text messages Tiffany Morrison received that Jerad Morrison found suspicious, the sheriff said.
Padden said in the release that the agreement was recommended to the court after consultation with the victim's family and law enforcement.
Tiffany Morrison was the mother of two children and stepmother of a third. She was also survived by six brothers and sisters, her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.
Jerad Morrison was represented by Caldwell attorney Jack Blakeslee, who could not immediately be reached for comment Monday afternoon.
Padden said he took over the case at no charge to Noble County because an assistant prosecutor there had represented someone in the Morrison family.
Morrison is the third person this year convicted of killing someone in Noble County.
Belle Valley resident Larry A. Schoeppner, 34, was sentenced March 20 to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 28 years, for the Sept. 22 shooting death of 46-year-old Tracy L. Kay, his estranged ex-girlfriend.
In Akron, Richard Beasley was convicted last month and faces sentencing this week for the murders of three men and shooting of a fourth who responded to a phony Craigslist ad promising work in Noble County. Three of the shootings took place in Noble County, while the fourth happened near Akron.