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Former Appleton, Minn., man sentenced to 52 months for wife's death

Andrew Gordon Lemcke

BENSON, Minn. -- A 35-year-old man was sentenced Monday to 52 months in prison for second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of his wife.

It was the maximum possible sentence.

Andrew Gordon Lemcke shot Nichole Riley-Lemcke, 26, in their Appleton home on Sept. 12, 2004.

The judge also ordered Lemcke to pay a $10,000 fine and fees, and to make restitution for his wife's funeral expenses of $8,547. The judge allowed credit for the time he has served in jail since a Pope County jury returned the guilty verdict on March 11.

The judge told Lemcke that he could be released from prison for good behavior after serving two-thirds of the sentence, but that he would remain on supervised probation for the remaining 17 1/3 months and could be returned to prison for any violations.

Prior to issuing the sentence, the judge told Lemcke that he had not accepted responsibility for his crime, had showed no remorse, and had not issued an apology to his wife's family or offered to pay for the funeral expenses.

Tom Cherveny is a reporter at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minn., which is owned by Forum Communications Co.