October 27, 2010
Jenny Glick and the Associated Press
A Frederick man is going to prison for life without parole for fatally shooting his estranged wife in his home.
Sixty-six-year-old Franklin Metz was sentenced Wednesday in Frederick County Circuit Court.
A jury convicted Metz last month of killing 60-year-old Ann Sue Metz in September 2009 with two shots to the chest from separate guns.
Witnesses testified she had moved out about a month earlier but returned to feed her collection of 17 box turtles.
Metz claimed self-defense. His lawyers maintained Ann Sue Metz pulled the guns on her husband, and that the firearms went off during a struggle.