NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - A former TV comedy writer, who pleaded guilty to killing hiswife in their Carmel home, has been sentenced to 26 years inprison. It's a sad story of two alcoholics with two crashingcareers, and an innocent child who is now without either biologicalparent.
J.J. Paulsen, 47, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter,moving a corpse, and neglect of a dependant. The most he could getunder the agreement was 26 years, and that's what he got.
Paulsen beat his wife, 39-year-old Leanne Paulsen, to death andthen put her nude body in the attic. It was at least two weekslater that her body was discovered by police. They found thecouple's 16-month-old son unharmed but alone in his crib.
Paulsen was found walking several miles away from the home. Hisattorney, James Voyles, insists Paulsen is very remorseful.
"It was just a household that was a very dangerous place forboth of them because of their alcohol addictions and the thingsthat go with that," said Voyles.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Sonia Leerkamp said, "Well, it'squite bittersweet. I know that they are glad to have all of thisbehind them, but obviously they're never going to have their sisterback. They're never going to have Christopher's mother back."
Christopher is now three-and-a-half years old and has beenadopted by his mother's sister and her husband. Although Paulsenhas been sentenced to 26 years, his attorney says he could be outin 10.
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