Killer's Sister-In-Law Sentenced For Evidence Tampering

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - The sister-in-law of a man serving a life prison term for killing his wife was sentenced to six months in jail Monday for helping fabricate records to try to get his conviction overturned.

Deborah Bozsik of Barberton was sentenced by Medina County Common Pleas Court Judge James L. Kimbler on her no contest plea to evidence tampering.

She admitted helping Steve Bozsik create journals and letters meant to implicate another man in the fatal shooting of Bozsik's wife, Carol Bozsik, in the garage of their Wadsworth Township home in November 1999.

Steven Bozsik got an additional four-year sentence on Sept. 6 for evidence tampering. With the additional time, he won't be eligible for parole until 2027.

Deborah Bozsik said she was in love with Steven Bozsik and they had begun a relationship while he was on trial for murder.

Prosecutor Dean Holman said he supported sending Deborah Bozsik to jail rather than a tougher state prison because she had cooperated in getting Steven Bozsik's conviction for evidence tampering.

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