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Ben Sebena seeks freedom after pleading guilty to wife's murder

Wauwatosa Officer Jennifer Sebena
Wauwatosa Officer Jennifer Sebena

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Ben Sebena has asked a judge to let him go free someday.

The 30-year-old Iraq war veteran will be sentenced to life in prison on Friday, for killing his wife Jennifer while she was on duty as a Wauwatosa police officer early last Christmas Eve.

Sebena pleaded guilty. In a document filed Tuesday, Ben Sebena’s lawyer asked for leniency by granting his client extended supervision at some point.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Borowski can set a minimum release date at least 20 years down the road. The report also indicated that Sebena killed his wife so she could go to heaven. He was apparently worried that she would carry out a threat to kill herself if he committed suicide first – and he couldn’t bear the thought of Jennifer losing her access to heaven if she killed herself.

The filing also summarized the effects of Sebena’s combat experience in Iraq, where he claimed to have killed 68 people in combat.

Last December, Sebena waited outside the Wauwatosa Fire Station, and killed his wife right after she took a break there during her shift.

The defense sentencing document said Sebena went home right after the shooting and tried killing himself – but two weapons would not fire. Police called Sebena’s home a short time later. He was questioned for six hours before he was arrested. 

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