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Cherry Ridge man pleads guilty to killing his wife

Robert Jufer

October 24, 2013

Robert Jufer, 72, of Honesdale, PA pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter, graded as a felony of the first degree and one count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. The incident occurred on October 17, 2010, in Cherry Ridge Township. Jufer faces a maximum penalty of 22 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 2, 2014. Jufer was arrested on February 6, for the murder of his wife, June Jufer.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on October 17, 2010 at 9:40 a.m. a call was received by Pennsylvania State Police, Honesdale Barracks, from a Robert Jufer who stated that he had just returned home from the store and was attacked in his house, rendered unconscious and that when he regained consciousness he went to his neighbor’s home.

Responding Troopers discovered the body of June Jufer, deceased, in her bed. An autopsy of June Jufer was performed on October 18, 2010 and cause of death was a shotgun wound to the head and manner of death was ruled homicide.

A shotgun was located on the floor near the victim. Subsequent interviews were conducted with Robert Jufer in which he gave conflicting reports of the attack. Additionally, his lack of injury to his neck coupled with physical evidence at the scene did not match the events as he reported them.

Jufer went so far as to say he used the murder weapon earlier that morning to “look for a muskrat” near the residence and returned to the home where he placed it on the kitchen table before going to Wal-Mart. He admitted that he did not look for his wife or arm himself with a weapon before fleeing the residence after the alleged attack.

A search of the Jufer residence revealed 108 rifles, shotguns and handguns in the home. The weapon located in June Jufer’s bedroom, which was the weapon that killed her, was owned by Robert Jufer.

Robert Jufer was charged with one count of Homicide by Pennsylvania State Police Troopers John Decker and Patrick Zirpoli. Jufer was located at his other home in Hastings on the Hudson, Westchester County, New York in February, and he was taken into custody without incident.

District Attorney Edwards stated that the PSP troopers involved in this lengthy investigation did an excellent job at reviewing all the evidence and testing results, conducting numerous interviews and ultimately effectuating the arrest of Robert Jufer.