JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown man accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife last year has reached a plea agreement with the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office, just moments before his trial was to get underway.
The Jamestown Post-Journal is reporting that 36 year-old Keith Robbins pleaded guilty to a count of first-degree manslaughter in connection to the November 10, 2016 shooting death of his estranged wife, 36 year-old Shari Robbins.
District Attorney Patrick Swanson said the family of Shari Robbins was comfortable with the sentence, adding that Keith Robbins will likely see a sentence of 20 to 25 years in prison for his crime, which the DA feels will be an appropriate sentence. He said he will be pushing for the maximum sentence allowed when sentencing takes place in December.
Robbins was being represented by Public Defender Ned Barone. Both Barone and Swanson said the plea deal would help avoid extending the trial through the coming weeks and give closure to both families.
Robbins was accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife in a Prospect Street parking lot on Nov. 10. He then went into hiding and was eventually brought into custody five days later, but not until after stabbing Jamestown Police K-9 Officer Mitchell before being captured in the attic of a home on the city’s west side. K-9 Mitchell was able to fully recovery from his injuries. The related charges involving Robbins’ alleged assault against the police dog have apparently been dropped as part of the plea deal.
Robbins will be formally sentenced Dec. 18.