Man who killed wife in 2009 weeks after wedding sentenced

April 26, 2019

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The 10-year legal saga of a Connecticut man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his wife weeks after their wedding has ended, even though he continues to maintain her death was an accident.

Chihan Eric Chyung was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for the June, 2009 death of 46-year-old Paige Bennett in their Norwich home.

He pleaded guilty in February to murder under the Alford doctrine, meaning he disputed the prosecution’s case.

The 55-year-old Chyung was convicted of murder and manslaughter in 2014, but the verdict was overturned by the state Supreme Court, which ruled he couldn’t be convicted of both.

Chyung has long maintained that his handgun accidentally discharged as he was packing to leave home during an argument, and he restated that assertion Thursday.