- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California man has been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison for stabbing his wife to death with a pair of scissors.

A jury in October found Todd Winkler guilty of first-degree murder with a deadly weapon, after rejecting his claims of psychiatric breakdowns.

The Sacramento Bee says (https://bit.ly/1yugseS) the 47-year-old was sentenced Monday.

Thirty-seven-year-old Rachel Winkler was found brutally stabbed in her Cameron Park home two years ago.

The defense claimed Todd Winkler had a history of personality disorders that resulted in nervous breakdowns. The defense had argued that Winkler killed his wife after she came at him with a pair of scissors during an argument over their divorce - triggering an extreme psychiatric episode.

The couple’s three children - ages 7, 5, and 3 - are being raised by Rachel Winkler’s father.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com


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