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Greenwich, Conn. man admits to trying to kill wife with bat

STAMFORD, Conn. - A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to attempted murder in a baseball attack against his wife in their Greenwich mansion in September 2013.

Greenwich Time reports that Michael DeMaio, 56, entered his plea Tuesday in Stamford Superior Court as part of a deal with prosecutors that would allow him to face a maximum of 10 years in jail when he is sentenced in March. DeMaio was facing 40 years in jail if found guilty of attempted murder and first-degree assault.

Supervisory State's Attorney James Bernardi said the Sept. 10, 2013, attack was about two weeks after Diane DeMaio served separation papers on her husband of 33 years.

The arrest affidavit says Michael DeMaio struck her multiple times in the head and face with an aluminum baseball bat, leaving her in a coma with a severely fractured skull and brain damage.

"I lost it, I just lost it," Michael DeMaio reportedly told police when they arrived at the house after the incident.

The couple finalized their divorce in May and their mansion went on the market last April for $11.8 million.