Man pleads guilty to killing wife

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Sixty-five-year-old Robert Kaufman will likely spend the next 11-15 years behind bars for shooting his wife and for sexual abuse.

Robert Kaufman pleaded guilty on Monday to both voluntary manslaughter and sexual offenses against a minor.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Haigwood sentenced him to serve 140-188 months in prison for both charges, Dave Crocker, special investigator for the district attorney’s office, said.

In the early morning hours of March 18, 2007, 68-year-old Marie Kaufman returned to her Ocean Isle Beach vacation home after going out for dinner with a friend. When the two arrived at the Kaufman’s Lakewood Estates home, Marie Kaufman realized she forgot her key.

According to sheriff’s office Capt. Gene Caison, Marie Kaufman’s friend told investigators the two women knocked on the side of the trailer where they thought Robert Kaufman would be sleeping to get his attention.

Robert Kaufman fired a handgun through a closed window, striking and killing his wife. When investigators arrived at the scene, Marie Kaufman was pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound to the upper body. Robert Kaufman was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter.

But after Robert Kaufman was taken into custody for his wife’s shooting, he was charged with 12 additional non-related charges.

After an investigation of abuse of a family member, Robert Kaufman was charged with six counts of first-degree sex offense and six counts of sex offense by a parental role, Caison said.