He Strangled 2 of His Wives, Could See Sentence Cut Short

But if paroled, Tim Boczkowski would be sent to Pennsylvania
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 7, 2018 2:28 PM CST
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In a Thursday, April 15, 1999 file photo, Tim Boczkowski is led away from a courtroom in Pittsburgh, Pa.   (AP Photo/Gary Tramontina)

(Newser) – A killer who strangled two of his wives in two states could be released from a North Carolina prison, potentially cutting short his life sentence after more than 22 years, the AP reports. North Carolina's parole commission said Wednesday it is collecting information ahead of a decision on whether to release Tim Boczkowski. He also faces a life sentence in Pennsylvania and North Carolina state prison officials said he would be sent there if he is paroled in North Carolina after a hearing that could come as early as next month. The commission weighs when to release inmates whose crimes were committed before October 1994, after which parole was eliminated. North Carolina inmates with life sentences who committed crimes under laws in effect when Boczkowski committed his slaying are eligible for parole after 20 years

Boczkowski, 63, was convicted of first-degree murder in 1996 for killing his first wife while the couple lived in Greensboro. Elaine Boczkowski was found dead in a bath tub in 1990. He was charged in North Carolina only after being charged with murder for the 1994 death of his second wife in Ross, Pennsylvania. Maryann Boczkowski was discovered in a hot tub at their suburban Pittsburgh home. Boczkowski was sentenced to death in 1999 for strangling Maryann, but that was thrown out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2004 because prosecutors violated a judge's order and allowed Boczkowski to be extradited to North Carolina. Prosecutors then used his North Carolina murder conviction to qualify him for the death penalty in Pennsylvania. Boczkowski was resentenced in Pennsylvania to a second life sentence. (Chris Watts pleaded guilty this week in his wife's death.)


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