Man Killed Wife Who Killed Son

December 3, 2011 by staff 

Man Killed Wife Who Killed Son, A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison for beating his wife to death with a flashlight when he arrived home to find she had strangled their son and tried to kill their daughter.

Christopher Smeltzer, 38, admitted he killed his wife, Mara Pappalardo, at their Auburn home last November.

He said he “lost his marbles” when he saw 4-year-old Mason dead with a ribbon around his neck and 7-year-old daughter Mercey’s cold body dangling off a bed. Mercey survived.

Smeltzer was first charged with second-degree murder for the November 2010 killing. Prosecutors downgraded that to manslaughter.

The judge agreed to suspend five years of Smeltzer’s sentence if he completes an anger management course, earns a college degree and demonstrates good behavior in prison.

Smelzter made an emotional statement Friday expressing responsibility and sorrow for killing his wife. He admitted using cocaine before coming home that night.

Smeltzer’s statement followed emotional victim impact statements from Pappalardo’s relatives, blasting Smeltzer for not doing enough to help her earlier and then taking the law into his own hands.

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One Response to “Man Killed Wife Who Killed Son”

  1. clm on December 4th, 2011 3:46 am

    Do you blame him? I would kill my husband if he hurt my children.