NJ man gets life for pushing wife off cliff

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - October 23, 2011

A Bergen County jury found Stephen Scharf guilty of murder in May. But the 60-year-old Washington Township (Morris County) resident maintained his innocence when he was sentenced Friday.

Scharf claims his wife accidentally fell from Rockefeller Lookout in Palisades Interstate Park in Englewood Cliffs on Sept. 20, 1992. She had filed for divorce two weeks before her death.

Scharf was arrested three years ago after county prosecutors reopened their investigation.

Scharf's attorney asked that he receive the minimum sentence - 30 years in prison. But several people - including Scharf's son - asked the judge to impose the stiffer sentence.

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