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Maryland Man Gets Life For Murder Of Estranged Wife, Attempted Murder Of Other Man

James Matthew Robellard had been found guilty in July of the first-degree murder of his estranged wife, LaGina Lynn Robellard, and the first-degree attempted murder of Corey Glover Sr., with whom she was residing.

By Megan Carpentier
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A Maryland man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of killing his estranged wife and shooting the man who was living at her home.

James Robellard, 56, was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison plus 40 years for first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to a press release from the Somerset County, Maryland District Attorney's Office and court records reviewed by Oxygen.com.

He was convicted on July 13 — after a three-day trial — in the murder of his estranged wife LaGina Lynn Robellard, 46, and the attempted murder of Corey Glover Sr., 47, who was living at LaGina Robellard's home at the time, as well as on the firearms charges, according to a press release from the D.A.'s office.

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Prosecutors alleged that, on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, James Robellard left his home in Hebron, Maryland — on the state's eastern shore, just south of the Delaware state line — with a handgun and multiple magazines and drove 35 miles south to his estranged wife's home in Marion Station, which she was sharing with Glover.

A police handout of James Robellard

Around 10:00 p.m., he allegedly walked up to LaGina Robellard's front door and, shortly after she answered, unloaded an eight-round clip into her. 

Glover was able to grab a shotgun and James Robellard reloaded his weapon. Robellard then shot Glover in the leg; Glover shot Robellard in the abdomen with the shotgun; and Robellard returned fire with his handgun, striking Glover in the shoulder.

Glover managed to get to the bathroom, lock himself inside and call first responders, according to a press release from the Maryland State Police. They arrived at LaGina Robellard's home at approximately 10:15 p.m., but found her dead in the entranceway. James Robellard was on his estranged wife's sofa, applying pressure to his gunshot wound with a pillow; his handgun was found nearby.

Glover was taken to a hospital and survived his gunshot wounds. He was not charged in the case.

Robellard was also treated for his shotgun wound and then held without bond as of Oct. 23, 2020.

Police and prosecutors did not not further clarify the nature of the relationship between Glover and LaGina Robellard in their statements, but he was not listed as a loved one in her obituary.

A clipping from the Salisbury Daily Times shows that the Robellards married in 1999. It's unclear when they took up separate residences but there are no records of a divorce having been filed.

LaGina Robellard's obituary says she is survived by her parents, two daughters, a stepson and several grandchildren.