ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A judge has refused to reduce the sentence of a Potomac doctor convicted a decade ago of beating his wife to death with a rubber mallet.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Michael Pincus on Thursday denied 68-year-old Zakaria Oweiss’ request to reduce his 30-year sentence.

Oweiss was convicted for the August 2001 murder of his real estate agent wife Marianne Oweiss in their Potomac home.

The Washington Post reports that at Thursday’s hearing, Oweiss suggested that he was suffering from hypoglycemia the morning his wife was slain and that he couldn’t explain how it happened.

In asking for a reduced sentenced, Oweiss’ lawyers cited the doctor’s exemplary behavior in prison and his failing health.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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