A New York City man choked on a chicken bone before he could be sentenced in the beating death of his wife after she refused to pay for premium cable TV.
Authorities say Thomas Scala died before his court date on July 24. He was scheduled to be sentenced to five years' probation after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide.
Prosecutors say he struck his wife, Blanche, on the head during an argument on Nov. 26, 2011. Scala was not charged with murder because there was no evidence that he intended to kill her.
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Published at 3:48 PM EDT on Aug 15, 2012 | Updated at 3:55 PM EDT on Aug 15, 2012
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