Late lawmaker’s husband dies while serving sentence for killing lawyer

The husband of a late Indiana legislator has died in state prison, where he was serving a 55-year sentence for the 2018 shooting death of a northwestern Indiana attorney.

William S. Landske, 86, died on Dec. 28 at the New Castle Correctional Facility, a spokeswoman for the Indiana Department of Correction told The (Northwest Indiana) Times.

Landske was the widower of Republican state Sen. Sue Landske of Cedar Lake, who died in 2015 at age 77.

A Lake County jury convicted him in 2019 in the August 2018 shooting death of 64-year-old T. Edward Page at Page’s home in Hobart.

Authorities said Landske told police he shot Page because he was upset over unfinished tax work.

According to trial testimony, the Landske family had become frustrated with Page because of filing delays.

Authorities said that as Page’s husband and Landske’s daughters were placing tax documents in a Landske family car, William Landske put his arm around Page and led him away. He then pulled a revolver from his pocket and shot Page multiple times, killing him.

Following Landske’s conviction, Page’s husband, Kevin Swanson, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Landske and several of his children.

Landske later agreed to a settlement in that civil suit, and a special judge had on Nov. 1 ordered the enforcement of that settlement agreement, court records show.

Landske had challenged his 55-year sentence, but the Court of Appeals of Indiana upheld it in 2020.

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