Muth sentenced to 50 years for killing wife in 2011

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A convicted killer in Georgetown was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Wednesday.

Albrecht Muth was found guilty of killing his 91-year-old wife Viola Drath in August 2011. Drath, a writer and socialite, was found dead in their Georgetown home. Muth claimed his wife had fallen and died. A medical examiner determined that her death was a homicide.

Prosecutors say Muth was a serial wife abuser who deserves no chance of ever walking the streets again. Muth was convicted in January for Drath's murder.

The sentencing took place without Muth in the courtroom. Mut has been hospitalized after staging a series of hunger strikes dating to December of 2012. Muth was able to listen to and participate in the sentencing via a video link to the courtroom.

The judge said the evidence against Muth was "overwhelming" and that his refusal to eat was "a transparent attempt to avoid prosecution."

"Albrecht Muth's 20 years of violence toward his wife ended only when he strangled her to death in their Georgetown home," said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen in a written statement. "For the rest of his life, Muth won't be able to masquerade as a military officer or member of a royal family while subjecting his wife to intolerable abuse. He will be a federal inmate paying the price for his brutal crime."

See more on the sentencing here: Muth sentencing release.pdf

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