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TOLEDO — A former Lima doctor convicted of killing his first wife using carbon monoxide poisoning has been moved to a close-security prison in Toledo where he will share a cell with another inmate and work a job that typically pays $17 a month.Mark Wangler was moved Friday to the Toledo Correctional Institution near downtown Toledo. He was assigned a cell without a cellmate but eventually will have someone assigned to the cell with him. There is a day room off the cell that 98 inmates can go into and mingle or watch a community television. Eventually, he can purchase his own television, which only receives the channels it gets through the antenna, said Meredith Rinna, the warden’s assistant at the prison.Wangler will be required to work some type of job, typically 40 hours a week over five days. Most inmates at the Toledo prison are assigned janitorial jobs or to work in food service but there are other jobs available including in maintenance and as tutors to help other inmates with educational needs. In the next few weeks, he will be evaluated for job placement, Rinna said.“All offenders either have to have a job or if they do not have their mandatory education requirements they do have to go to school,” she said.Some offenders also have required programs to address problems that contributed to their crimes.Wangler was convicted of aggravated murder last month in the 2006 death of his first wife, Kathy Wangler. She died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Prosecutors said he was obsessed with religion and murdered his wife to end a marriage that was in chaos. He and Kathy Wangler had essentially lived two separate lives and Wangler believed his religion prohibited him from divorce.He is appealing his conviction. Wangler will have his security classification reviewed annually with the goal of eventually moving to a lower-security facility, Rinna said.“With him doing life, he may spend a good portion here,” she said.The former anesthesiologist is allowed five visits a month of up to four family members during each visit. He can sit across from family, hold hands and even kiss his current wife at the beginning and end of the visit, she said.“It has to be an appropriate kiss, closed mouth,” Rinna said.Wangler will be given recreation time each day, typically between 1.5 to 2.5 hours, where he can go outside in a secured yard with as many as 576 other inmates if the weather allows it. Inmates can walk on a track, play basketball, volleyball or horseshoes outside, she said.The former doctor’s day will begin at 6 a.m. with one of the many inmate counts. He will go to breakfast between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. before going to his job. There will be another count at 11 a.m. before going to lunch and reporting back to his job by 1 p.m. The next count is at 4 p.m. followed by dinner. Inmates get 20 minutes to eat their meals, she said.Evenings may include working a job or attending programs. Inmates return to their housing units at 9 p.m. with another count at 10 p.m. followed by bedtime. Inmates on weekends or days off can sleep in until 7 a.m., she said.Wangler will have the chance to attend church but only when his denomination is schedule, which could be any day of the week, not necessarily on Sunday, Rinna said.You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.



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