Sentencing for husband accused of beating wife in Battle Creek

Monday Christopher Carpenter will be sentenced after pleading no contest to lesser charges in his wife's beating death.

CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Battle Creek man once accused in his wife's murder will learn his fate Monday on a lesser charge.

Chris Carpenter, 32, was originally charged with Open Murder after the beating of his wife, Joy, in December 2015.

Police say it was one of the worst cases of abuse they had ever seen.

But in June, Carpenter pleaded no contest to Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm Less than Murder.

He got a deal after new evidence came out that Joy Carpenter likely died as a result of her treatment at the hospital, and not the beating.

Carpenter is set to be sentenced Monday afternoon. He is facing a maximum of 10 years behind bars.

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