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Jury gets Connecticut hostage-arson case

Jury gets case of Conn. man charged in hostage-arson; sanity is focus of closing arguments By The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ' A jury has begun deliberations in the trial of a former Connecticut advertising executive charged with kidnapping his ex-wife and holding her hostage for nearly 12 hours.

A prosecutor told jurors in her closing argument Monday that Richard Shenkman only acted mentally ill to avoid prison time. Shenkman's defense lawyer said in his closing argument that his client was insane at the time of the July 2009 events.

If convicted, 62-year-old Shenkman could face years in prison or in the state's psychiatric hospital for criminals based on the jury's determination about his mental health. He's charged with kidnapping, assault, arson and other crimes.

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