Retired doctor charged with murdering wife cuts plea deal
EMMET COUNTY, Mi (WPBN/WGTU) -- A retired doctor charged with murdering his wife in Cheboygan County back in 2014, struck a plea deal on Monday.
Jerome Siudara plead no contest to the charge of involuntary manslaughter. In exchange, the prosecution dropped the charges of first and second degree murder.
Jerome Siudara was in charge of dispensing his wife's medication in August 2014. Court documents say on August 27, he gave her six days worth of her Ambien, Xanax and Vicodin, which she took all at once.
Court papers say he noticed his wife had taken all of the medication around 10:30 in the morning, but did not call 911 until 2 p.m.
According to those court documents, Siudara signed divorce documents the day before his wife's overdose.
Now, years later, Siudara and his two defense attorneys were able to strike a deal with the Cheboygan County Prosecutor.
“We reached an agreement today," said Daryl Vizina, the Cheboygan County prosecutor. "He plead to count three, the involuntary manslaughter.”
The count of involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, but as a part of the deal, Siudara will serve far less.
“The sentence is zero to five months upfront," Vizina said. "If there’s any violations or anything of that nature, obviously he could be sentenced further, but the upfront jail, we’re agreeing to zero to five months. So, that will be up to the judge to determine how much within that range.”
The charges of first and second degree murder that were dropped could have carried a life sentence.
Another interesting part of the case in that Siudara will report to Emmet County for probation, since Cheboygan County probation officers are familiar with him after dealing with a felonious assault charge against his wife, Elizabeth in 2012 after she shot a rifle at a house with her son inside.
Monday's preliminary hearing was held in Emmet County, because of court space issues.
Sentencing will be in Cheboygan County.