Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Ex-Marine charged with killing wife in Wisconsin

WAUWATOSA, Wis. — A decorated Iraq War veteran was charged yesterday with gunning down his wife, a Wisconsin police officer, in a parking lot as she was on patrol on Christmas Eve.
Benjamin Sebena, 30, who faces one count of first-degree intentional homicide, is accused of shooting his wife, Jennifer, 30, five times outside a fire station in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa early on Monday.
Mr. Sebena “laid in wait” for his wife for several hours, and he shot her when she left the building, according to the criminal complaint. He fired twice with a 9 mm handgun. Then he grabbed her service revolver, a .40 caliber, and shot her three times with it.
Mrs. Sebena had told a fellow police officer earlier this month that she had been a victim of domestic violence and that her husband had put a gun to her head, the complaint said.
“He stated he had been jealous of other men with regards to his wife,” investigators said in the complaint. The ex-Marine from Wisconsin served two tours in Iraq, according to a video he appeared in for his church in 2010.
In the video, the Purple Heart recipient describes recommitting himself to God after injuring his leg, arm and chest in a 2005 mortar attack in Ramadi, Iraq, that took the life of a friend.
“I was a Marine. We’re trained to kill. We’re trained that death is OK. (I) wasn’t trained how to deal with the death, but we’re definitely trained to kill,” he said, speaking from a church pew.
The couple met online when he was in Iraq and began exchanging emails while he recovered from his injuries in California. The two began dating after he returned to Wisconsin.
A story in the 2010 edition of the VAnguard, a magazine published by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, said Mr. Sebena was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
A Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge set a $1 million cash bond for Mr. Sebena and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Thursday.

Source: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/national_world/2012/12/28/ex-marine-charged-with-killing-wife-in-wisconsin.html

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