Corrections Officer Found Guilty of Murdering Wife

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ELYRIA, Ohio — A verdict was reached in the trial of a former Lorain County corrections officer who called the sheriff’s office to report he had beheaded his wife.

William Dembie, now 45, was found guilty of murder, felonious assault and domestic violence.

He was found not guilty of aggravated murder.

In August 2011, officers who responded to the call were directed by Dembie to his Grafton Township back yard where his wife’s body was discovered with multiple stab wounds.

Before her murder, Holly Dembie, 33, was a paraprofessional who worked with visually impaired and multi-handicapped children at West Elementary School in the Midview Local Schools.

William Dembie resigned from his position as a corrections officer about a week later after a visit from the jail administrator to discuss disciplinary procedures.

He could face 15 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m.

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