CHILLICOTHE (AP) — An Ohio man convicted of aggravated murder in the slaying of his daughter-in-law, who was strangled and dumped in a septic tank, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole.
The judge accepted the jury’s recommendation of a life sentence for William Inman, 48.
Jurors could have opted for the death penalty for the 2011 slaying of Summer Inman, 25, and defense attorney Robert Toy said after court that the defense was “relieved” the jury did not recommend death. Still, he said, he expects an appeal.
The jury found Inman guilty Monday of aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse. The trial was moved to Chillicothe in Ross County after attempts to seat a jury in Hocking County were unsuccessful.
William Inman denied killing his daughter-in-law. His attorneys said he and his wife helped kidnap Summer Inman in Logan, about 45 miles southeast of Columbus, to talk about their fears that their grandchildren were being abused. The defense maintained that Inman’s son, William Inman II, killed Summer Inman.