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December 14, 1987|Deborah Caulfield | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

A Florida judge has ordered a 77-year-old man who killed his wife because she asked him to--then tried to kill himself--to watch the movie classic "It's A Wonderful Life" as part of his sentence. Philip Tiger was convicted of manslaughter Friday and could have faced a seven-year prison term. But Broward Circuit Judge Lawrence Korda sentenced Tiger to 30 days in jail, two years under house arrest, five years of probation and 500 hours of work in nursing homes. Tiger was also told to watch the holiday movie starring Jimmy Stewart. It was scheduled this weekend on a local station. In the movie, an angel prevents Stewart's character from committing suicide and shows him how difficult life would be for others without him. Korda said after the hearing that he hoped the movie would show Tiger that life should be valued.

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