The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

March 27, 2013

Sharon woman gets long probation for stabbing husband

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — A 61-year-old Sharon woman who admitted stabbing her husband with a pair of scissors was spared prison Tuesday, but she will be on probation long after she qualifies for Medicare.

Gloria J. Mills was sentenced to 10 years’ probation for stabbing Ronald Mills May 8 at a home in the 1100 block of Butler Pike, Findley Township. She pleaded guilty Jan. 14 to a charge of aggravated assault.

Mills told Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas R. Dobson that she and her husband are back together and their relationship is reminiscent of its happiest times.

Dobson said he did not know if the resumption of the romance was good or bad.

”It certainly keeps potential disaster in play,” Dobson said.

Mills said her marriage took a downturn when her mother moved in with them, requiring 24-hour care. The environment caused her husband stress and was the only strife between them in 25 years.

State police said Ronald Mills suffered a puncture wound, a broken rib and a partly punctured lung in the attack, which occurred when he was lying on a couch.

Dobson called the chain of events “extremely bizarre.”

”This one snap is extraordinary,” Dobson said. “That’s the difficulty here.”

Dobson ordered that Mills undergo a mental health evaluation.”There has to be something else going on here,” Dobson said.

Mills spent 58 days in jail following the incident.

Prosecutors agreed not to pursue charges of attempted homicide and reckless endangerment as part of Mills’ plea.