(NEW YORK POST) – A Pennsylvania man was arrested after he confessed to a priest that he killed his wife, officials said.
John Grazioli, 44, showed up at St. Peter Cathedral in Erie “crying and emotional″ Thursday asking to speak with a Roman Catholic priest, according to the Erie-Times News.
In the rectory office, Grazioli met with Rev. Michael Polinek and allegedly confessed to murdering his 31-year-old wife, Amanda, whom he married in September.
While sitting with the priest, Grazioli also revealed that he was suicidal and armed, the Erie Times-News reported.
Under Roman Catholic law, priests are forbidden from contacting authorities about confessions. But Polinek made an exception since the alleged admission wasn’t during a formal confession, according to the newspaper.
“He was a little distraught and, after a moment, he pretty much just said I need to tell you that I killed my wife and I am going to go home and kill myself,” Polinek told the newspaper. “After a little while, I was able to convince him for the sake of the rest of his family and other people that it would be a good idea to call the police — 911.″
Authorities — who had also been notified about a message Grazioli sent to his ex-wife about the slaying — responded to the church around 3:20 p.m. and detained the 44-year-old suspect.
“The police came and they did what they needed to do and it ended very peacefully,″ Polinek told the Erie Times-News.
Officers said they also searched the couple’s home in Millcreek Township where they found the 31-year-old woman’s body with apparent gunshot wounds.
Nearby, there was a handwritten note admitting to the murder saying, “sorry for all this,” according to police.
An autopsy determined the newlywed wife died of a gunshot to the head, officials said.
Grazioli was charged Thursday night with criminal homicide, murder, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, possession of an instrument of crime and firearm not to be carried without a license.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and remains in jail held without bond.