Franklin Man that Killed Wife Ruled Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

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A Franklin man that allegedly shot and killed his wife in 2018 has been ruled not guilty by reason of insanity. According to the New Jersey Herald, three psychiatrists determined that Joseph Salokas was suffering from mental illness at the time of his wife's death.

The 79-year-old suffers from late onset schizophrenia, delusions and hallucinations, and will likely spend the rest of his life in a psychiatric hospital.

On June 25, 2018 Salokas shot his wife of 59 years and called the incident in to 911. When police arrived they reportedly found Loretta Salokas lying face up next to a bed with a gunshot wound to her neck. The 77-year-old was already dead and rigor mortis, which happens about 4 hours after death, had already set in. Salokas allegedly shot Loretta because he thought she was possessed by a devil or demons.

Read the NJHerald.com story here.

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