TV producer gets prison in wife's death

March 28, 2009 7:42:22 AM PDT
A television comedy writer and producer for shows including "Cosby" and "In Living Color" has been sentenced in Indiana to 26 years in prison in the beating death of his wife. [SIGN UP: Get entertainment news sent to you]

Forty-nine-year-old John James "J.J." Paulsen was sentenced Friday in Hamilton Superior Court on charges of voluntary manslaughter, neglect of a dependent and moving a body from the scene of death.

Prosecutors had dropped a murder charge as part of a plea agreement.

Police say the body of Leanne Serrano-Paulsen was found hidden in the attic of their posh house in Carmel in April 2007. They say the couple's 16-month-old son, Christopher, was found unharmed in a crib.

Police has said Serrano-Paulsen previously called authorities after she was beaten by her husband.

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