Man convicted in tourist murder files for divorce

March 13, 2010

OCEAN CITY — A man who with his wife murdered a couple in Ocean City in 2002 has filed from divorce from her on the grounds she is a "convicted felon."

Radio station WTOP reports Benjamin Sifrit has filed for divorce from Erika Sifrit. Both are in prison after being convicted of murdering Joshua Ford and Martha Crutchley of Fairfax, Va.

Acting as his own attorney, Sifrit cited Maryland code that says a court can grant a divorce on the grounds of a conviction of a felony or misdemeanor where the person has been sentenced to serve three years in prison.

Erika Sifrit is serving life in prison plus 20 years. Benjamin Sifrit, who has said his wife murdered the couple, is currently serving 38 years in prison.

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