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Court denies Arthur Shirmer's Post-Conviction Relief Act petition

STROUDSBURG, Pa. - A Monroe County man convicted of killing his wife has been denied an appeal.


Arthur Schirmer is currently serving a life sentence for the 2008 murder of his wife, Betty Jean Schirmer. He has had his Post-Conviction Relief Act petition denied by the court.

Schirmer, who was convicted and sentenced in 2013, filed the petition with the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas alleging ineffective assistance at trial, prosecutorial misconduct, double jeopardy, and that the trial court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case.

In the judge's published opinion, she addressed each of Schirmer's claims individually, denying him relief on each issue.


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