Clermont County husband pleads guilty to murdering estranged wife

Clermont County husband pleads guilty to murdering estranged wife
Union Township police say James M. Hayes, 55, was arrested in Pierce Township for shooting and killing his wife Jeanette Hayes. He was booked into the Clermont County Jail ‘without incident', police say. (Source: Clermont County Jail)

CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) — A Clermont County man pleaded guilty Monday to murdering his estranged wife, according to a news release from the prosecutor’s office.

Union Township police say James M. Hayes, 55, shot and killed his wife Jeanette Hayes on Oct. 23, 2019.

Police say they were called to Spotswood Common in Pierce Township following a report several gunshots in the area.

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The press release states that on Oct. 22, Jeanette told James she did not want to continue with their relationship. When he woke up on Oct. 23, he ingested meth and drove to Spotswood Common with the intention of killing her, the release says.

Once he arrived, he saw her sitting in a recliner where he fired one round through the sliding glass door. He then stepped to the side of the door and fired two additional rounds, according to the release.

Jeanette was struck in the neck and shoulder. She later succumbed to her injuries.

James was sentenced to 15 years to life for murder consecutive to 8 years in prison for improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation.

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