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2014-09-10 / Local News

Resident faces maximum prison sentence for allegedly beating husband to death

Eighty-three-year-old Phyllis Eson, of Hawthorne Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda, was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday morning before Supreme Court Justice Russell Buscaglia on an indictment charging her with manslaughter in the first degree, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

It is alleged that on July 6, Eson killed her husband, 89-year-old Norman Eson, by beating him in their home. If convicted, she would face a maximum prison sentence of 25 years.

Town of Tonawanda police arrested Eson after receiving a call from the property’s landlord, requesting a welfare check on the couple.

When police officers arrived at the Hawthorne address, they were greeted by Phyllis Eson, who is suspected to have had her husband’s blood on her clothes, police said. Upon inspecting the residence, patrol officers found Norman Eson dead on the floor. He had been dead for several hours.

An autopsy concluded that Norman Eson died of trauma caused by blunt force blows to the head, according to police.

The blows, coupled with the man’s frail condition, are believed to have led to his death, police said. According to police, Phyllis Eson does not have a prior criminal record.

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