Eight years after Jeremy Simko was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head in his Vermilion home, his father, Robert Simko, said the family finally has justice.
That came in the form of a prison sentence of 28 years to life in prison for Jeremy Simko’s wife, Julene Simko.
Prosecutors argued that Julene Simko, 39, of Vermilion, used a .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson revolver to shoot her husband in the back of the head while he was sleeping in their North Ridge Road home in 2009. Julene Simko’s defense team said an intruder – either a burglar or someone with an axe to grind – was to blame for the shooting.
Julene Simko and her defense team chose to forego a jury trial, and instead asked for a bench trial where Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski heard the case and rendered a verdict. Julene Simko’s attorneys have filed an appeal in the case on her behalf.
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