November 6, 1996 in Nation/World

Life Sentence For Man Who Killed Third Wife

Compiled From Wire Services

A businessman whose mother and wives died under suspicious circumstances failed to persuade a judge not to sentence him to life for the murder of his third wife.

“You’re a young judge,” Lowell Amos said Monday. “I hope this is the first time and the last time you have to sentence an innocent man.”

Judge Jeffrey Collins was unmoved, describing the former General Motors plant manager as a dangerous killer without conscience.

Amos, 54, claimed Roberta Mowery Amos, 37, died accidentally in 1994 during sex play. An autopsy determined her body contained 15 times the amount of cocaine needed to kill a person.

Authorities are also reviewing the deaths of Amos’ first two wives and his mother, which occurred from 1979 to 1989. He was the last person to see them alive, delayed reporting the deaths and cleaned up the scene before police arrived.

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