MARTINEZ — A Richmond man who killed his wife by sitting on her during an argument has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Originally charged with murder, Pierre Ramon Mays Sr., 47, accepted a plea bargain Monday and pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the Oct. 23, 2006, death of Marilyn Mays, his partner off and on for 20 years.

Marilyn Mays, 47, died of asphyxiated chest compression from her husband, who weighed 270 pounds, sitting on her chest during a struggle, prosecutor Jerry Chang said.

When he saw she had stopped breathing, Pierre Mays immediately summoned an ambulance and awoke the couple's teenage son to help to revive her, Chang said. Police did not suspect foul play until an autopsy showed the injury to the woman's chest and signs of strangulation at the neck, though strangulation was not the cause of death.

Pierre Mays showed "extreme remorse" over the killing, Chang said.

Reach Malaika Fraley at mfraley@bayareanewsgroup.com.



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