Man guilty of cliff push faces August sentencing

July 22, 2014 - 10:04 AM
Cliff Fall Trial

FILE - This undated file booking photo released by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office shows Charles Black, found guilty in a Rockland, Maine, court Monday, July 21, 2014, of six felonies for bashing his then-wife Lisa Zahn on the head with a rock and pushing her off a cliff in in April 2011 in Maine's Camden Hills State Park. Both Zahn and Black, retired teachers from Kansas who had moved to Maine, tumbled down the mountainside and both were hospitalized for more than a week. They had argued over an affair Black had with an Arizona woman and how he spent money from the inheritance, which was from her father.(AP Photo/Knox County Sheriff’s Office, File)

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Prosecutors and a defense attorney for a man convicted of bashing his wife's head with a rock and pushing her off a cliff say the man's sentencing will likely take place next month.

A Maine jury convicted 71-year-old Charles Black of six felonies on Monday. The top charge of attempted murder carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. Defense attorney Walter McKee says he expects sentencing sometime in late August.

Prosecutors say Black hit his then-wife Lisa Zahn on the head with a rock before pushing her off 800-foot Maiden Cliff in April 2011. Investigators say the couple had been arguing about Black spending some of Zahn's inheritance money and an affair he had.

Both tumbled down the mountainside and were hospitalized for more than a week