Former Officer Pleads Guilty To Killing Wife

First Conviction, Life Sentence Overturned

A former police officer from Interlachen whose conviction in the murder of his wife was overturned on appeal is going back to prison.

In 2002, Timothy Alessi, 55, was found guilty in the shooting death of his wife, Pollyanna, and was sentenced to life in prison.

Polly Alessi had filed for divorce and a restraining order against her husband the same month she was shot. She lifted the restraining order about a week before she was killed.

Four children were present when the murder occurred.

Alessi was a 10-year police veteran and was off-duty at the time of the shooting.

Four years into his sentence, the conviction was reversed. The appeals court cited an undisclosed conflict on the part of his defense attorney.

In Putnam County Court on Friday, Alessi agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder.

The plea deal calls for him to serve no more than eight more years in prison.

A sentencing date was not set.

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