Warren County woman to serve 25 years in prison for ex-husband's murder

Posted at 12:43 PM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 12:49:16-04

LEBANON, Ohio -- A Warren County woman pleaded guilty this morning to murdering her ex-husband and agreed to serve 25 years to life in prison, the Journal-News reported.

Mercedes Robb, 35, of Turtlecreek Twp., has been in the county jail or mental health treatment since Nov. 3, when she called 911 to report shooting Jason Robb, 35, as he waited to pick up their children for school.

In a press release, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Robb intentionally let the children sleep and shot her husband several times when he arrived for the pick-up.

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Robb faced at least 15 years to life in prison. While awaiting trial she was permitted to write letters from jail to their children.

The plea comes as the trial date approached and Robb’s not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity had been rejected by Judge Robert Peeler.

During a court hearing, Peeler said the second psychologist, Kara Marciani, found Robb, 35, knew right from wrong last November when she allegedly shot and killed Jason Robb.

Peeler had already ruled that Mercedes Robb could assist in her defense.

Under the plea and sentence Wednesday, Robb is to serve at least 25 years before being paroled.

The Robbs were locked in a custody battle, and Jason Robb had cited her diminishing mental condition in a motion seeking full custody.

He was was the owner of J&J Fabricating, developer of a system used to manage video monitors in Costco stores across the country. He had recently launched another business, the Frankenfries food truck.

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