(AP) — Prosecutors say a southern New Jersey man has admitted he
fatally shot his estranged wife in front of their two young children.
County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae announced Wednesday that
50-year-old Frank Bortle of Vineland has pleaded guilty to murder in the
February 2008 slaying of 35-year-old Sharon Bortle. He faces a sentence
of 30 years in prison without the chance for parole when he's sentenced
Sharon Bortle, an elementary school teacher, was shot in
the neck shortly after she had arrived to pick up the couple's then
9-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. Frank Bortle then shot himself,
but survived his wounds.
The Bortles were in the process of getting a divorce at the time of the shooting.