- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of his wife has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 33-year-old Salvador Garcia-Sanchez was sentenced Friday.

He originally was charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping in the October 2012 incident before entering into a plea agreement in December 2014

Phoenix police say 41-year-old Maria Gonzalez was stabbed with a knife after she and Garcia-Sanchez had a verbal altercation in their home.

Authorities say Garcia-Sanchez was out on bond at the time of the stabbing after facing charges of being in the country illegally.

Police say five of the woman’s children witnessed the stabbing.

Gonzalez collapsed outside the couple’s home and was taken to a Phoenix hospital, where she was declared dead.


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