Burbank resident Joseph Robert Brancato, who at one point was charged with murder after allegedly inflicting a deadly blow to his wife’s head with a chair leg, was sentenced to two years in state prison this week.
Murder charges were dropped in December against Brancato, 71, after Los Angeles County coroner’s officials determined that his wife, Marie Brancato, 65, was not the victim of a homicide, but instead died of a liver disease.
Still, her husband pleaded no contest to assault in December, according to the county district attorney’s office.
Deputy District Atty. Norman Hearon of the Family Violence Division said that after Joseph Brancato entered the plea, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Edmund W. Clarke Jr. ordered a diagnostic evaluation prior to sentencing.