Molalla man who claimed his wife told him to shoot her gets 15 years in prison
A Molalla man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the January killing of his wife, claiming in a 911 call that she told him to do it.
Wayne Flues III, 54, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter on Nov. 13 after he was initially charged with murder in the Jan. 2 killing of his wife , 53-year-old Brenda Flues, in the 800 block of June Drive in Molalla, in what officials described as an alcohol-involved altercation.
Molalla Police Department Chief Rod Lucich said Flues communicated to the 911 dispatcher that his wife told him to shoot her, but that he didn't know the gun was loaded.
Flues was sentenced on Nov. 15 to 15 years in prison at the Oregon Department of Corrections without eligibility for earned time, and will also have three years of post-prison supervision after his sentence has been served. The sentencing hearing was presided over by Judge Robert D. Herndon.
A trial with a 12-person jury was scheduled for Flues on Jan 29, 2018, but was canceled after Flues pleaded guilty to manslaughter this week and subsequently sentenced two days later.
After the incident in January, Lucich said it does not represent Molalla as a whole.
"This particular incident does not speak to the safety of Molalla," Lucich said. "It is a case of domestic violence. The incident was over fairly quickly, and there was no reason for anyone to be alarmed — there was never any risk to any other members of the community. That is a wonderful neighborhood — it's a really tight neighborhood out there."
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