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Ex-professor ordered to pay more than $124 million to estate of murdered wife


NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania — A Philadelphia-area jury has ordered a former Ivy League professor convicted in the bludgeoning death of his wife to pay more than $124 million to the woman's estate.

Jurors in the civil case in Montgomery County deliberated for nearly five hours before awarding the compensatory and punitive damages from 64-year-old Rafael Robb to the estate of Ellen Robb.

The former University of Pennsylvania economics professor pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in 2008 and was sentenced to five to 10 years in the victim's death in the couple's Upper Merion home in 2006.

Some jurors cried quietly Tuesday when the couple's 20-year-old daughter, Olivia, testified about the emotional impact of losing first her mother and then her father.

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