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Tampa pharmacist sentenced to 30 years for beating his wife to death

Published Apr. 10, 2015

TAMPA — A Tampa pharmacist was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday after a jury found him guilty in January of beating his wife to death with a baseball bat.

Jurors found Olufemi Ademoye, 56, guilty of second-degree murder.

The case revolved around an argument Ademoye had with his wife, Juliet Ademoye, the night of June 16, 2010. Ademoye had stumbled upon emails from his wife to another man, suggesting she was having an affair and planning to leave her husband, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed that Ademoye was enraged — but diverged on what happened next.

Prosecutors said Ademoye stabbed his wife repeatedly before beating her with her son's T-ball bat.

Ademoye's defense attorney, Barry Cohen, said his client spent the next several hours calling relatives to shame his wife. Then he fell asleep. At some point that night, his wife fell in the bathroom at the couple's home, cut her head and died, Cohen said. "This was an accident," he told the jury.

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