MARYLAND

George Salibi, former Frederick County courthouse deputy, sentenced to probation in wife's suicide

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A former courthouse deputy has been sentenced to probation in connection with his wife's suicide using his service weapon.

Fifty-year-old George Salibi entered an Alford plea to reckless endangerment Monday in Frederick County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation. An Alford plea means a defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict.

Prosecutors say 44-year-old Grace Breidy Salibi shot and killed herself with her husband's service weapon on Feb. 27, 2013. A state medical examiner ruled the death a suicide.

The News-Post of Frederick reports that Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessell said in court that the charge was appropriate because Salibi left a loaded gun open in the home, even though was aware of his wife's emotional state.

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