Churchton man, 32, given a 30-year term for strangling his wife


May 24, 2007

A Churchton man who strangled his estranged wife with a telephone cord only weeks after another attack on her was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison.

Aubrey B. Mayhew Jr., 32, received the maximum sentence from Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Ronald A. Silkworth for second-degree murder in the Aug. 13 death of Ivy Mayhew in her Arnold home, said his lawyer, Gill Cochran. He had pleaded guilty in March.

Ivy Mayhew, 32, had filed for divorce and custody of their two children in what Assistant State's Attorney Anastasia Prigge said was an effort to end an abusive and financially troubled relationship.

Prigge said Mayhew had three weeks earlier jumped on his wife's moving sport utility vehicle and yanked her hair through the window. He was released from jail after Ivy Mayhew said she was not afraid of him.

Andrea F. Siegel

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