Poland native pleads to involuntary manslaughter

Mahoning County

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN)– A Poland native and former undertaker, who was twice convicted of killing his wife using poison, has pleaded guilty to avoid a third trial.

In court Friday in Cleveland, Robert Girts, of Poland, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and insurance fraud. He read a statement describing how he put cyanide in his wife’s salt shaker to kill her in 1992.

Assistant county prosecutor Anna Faraglia says the admission should dispel theories that 42-year-old Diane Girts committed suicide.

The 60-year-old Robert Girts was sentenced to six to 30 years in prison but will get credit for more than 15 years he previously served.


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