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Keizer man eligible for parole in 25 years for wife's murder

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Peter Zielinski in court Tuesday Peter Zielinski in court Tuesday
KEIZER, OR (KPTV) -

A Keizer man was sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 25 years, for shooting and killing his wife in 2011.

Peter Zielinski was set to face trial Monday but decided to take a last-minute plea deal. He pleaded guilty to one count of murder with a firearm.

The body of Lisa Zielinski, 38, was found in their home on the 800 block of Nightingale Court Northeast in January 2011.

Keizer police said Peter Zielinski went to the police station and told officers that his wife needed an ambulance at their home. An autopsy later revealed she died of a gunshot wound to the brain.

The victim worked for a local radio station and was an active member with her church and the Keizer Chamber of Commerce.

In court Tuesday, the judge told Peter Zielinski that a life sentence was not enough punishment but it was the most he could hand out under current sentencing guidelines.

"Pete's decision to take Lisa's life was cowardly, but taking Lisa's life and taking a mother from her daughter was mean and vindictive and deserves nothing but my complete loathing and disgust toward Pete," said the victim's sister, Debra Geddes.

Peter Zielinski apologized in court Tuesday.

"I am truly sorry for what I've taken from everybody and the pain that I've caused," he said.

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