July 22, 2014 at 10:03 am

Man guilty of pushing wife off cliff in Maine faces August sentencing

Charles Black (AP)

Rockland, Maine ó Prosecutors and a defense attorney for a man convicted of bashing his wifeís head with a rock and pushing her off a cliff say the manís 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 Zahnís inheritance money and an affair he had.

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