Wife Guilty in Death By Exercise Case

An Ohio wife plead guilty to charges that she killed her husband by over exercising him. On Thursday Christine Newton-John entered the guilty plea. Her sentencing has yet to take place.
Newton-John is said to have refused to allow her husband James Mason, 73, out of the pool even when he was gasping for breath. Surveillance video showed Newton-John, 41, pulling the elderly man around the pool by his arms and legs.

The video showed 43 incidents in which Mason’s wife blocked her husband from leaving the water.

The Lakeland Ledger reports:

“The video is bone-chilling,” Middlefield police Chief Joseph Stehlik said. “The whole case is very sinister.”

After the time in the pool on June 2 Mason has a heart attack.

There had been previous complaints that Mason was being abused. An officer who had worked those abuse complaints pursued the case believing that there was more to this than simply a heart attack.

Newton-John knew James Mason for a long time. He had been friends with her family prior to 1993 when Newton-John had a sex change operation.

The couple married in Kentucky in 2006. Kentucky allows people to have their gender changed on their birth certificates.

Newton-John could face up to five years in prison.

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