Husband of Wauwatosa police officer Jen Sebena pleads guilty to her murder

CREATED Jun. 26, 2013 - UPDATED: Jun. 26, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Ben Sebena, the man accused of killing his police officer wife, pleaded guilty to her murder Wednesday.

Sebena is charged with killing his wife Jennifer, a Wauwatosa Police officer, while she was on patrol on Christmas Eve last year.

Last week, a judge ruled Sebena could not use an insanity plea. Two psychiatrists hired to evaluate the man believe he was sane when he gunned down his wife.

Sebena made the decision to take a plea deal just days before his trial was set to begin.

"This is his decision after, obviously, consultation with myself and his family," explained John Steinle, Sebena’s defense attorney.
 
Sebena faces a mandatory life sentence.  However, as part of a plea deal, prosecutors will recommend he be allowed to ask for parole in 50 or 60 years. 

Sebena would be in his 80s or 90s, under those guidelines.
 
The Milwaukee County District Attorney's office took input from Jennifer Sebena's family before making that decision.

"They were supportive of our approach with this regard to the case, and I know they're grateful that the case is reaching this resolution," said Kent Lovern, Chief Deputy District Attorney.

The judge in this case does not have to abide by the deal’s guidelines. It is still possible Sebena will spend the rest of his life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

He’ll be back in court for sentencing in August.