TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A judge has refused to reduce the life sentence for former New Jersey death row inmate Robert Marshall.

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The Toms River insurance salesman was originally sentenced to death in 1986 for hiring hit men to kill his wife at the Oyster Creek Garden State Parkway rest stop in 1984. Marshall and his wife were returning from Atlantic City.

A federal judge reversed the death penalty in 2004, citing ineffective counsel. Marshall was resentenced to life in prison without parole in 2006. New Jersey abolished the death penalty in 2007.

Marshall sought to have his sentence reduced to 30 years, citing problems with diabetes, hypertension, dementia, hemorrhoids, athlete's foot and post-nasal drip.

The judge found the 72-year-old's medical conditions don't rise to the level of severity to warrant release.

The case was profiled in the book and TV miniseries "Blind Faith."


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