- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - A Bellevue man has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his ex-wife 72 times.

Aleksandr Polack pleaded guilty on Wednesday to killing Nataliya Vabishchevich on June 17, 2013, according to a plea statement filed in Superior Court in Seattle. Vabishchevich, 35, was found stabbed to death in her Bellevue condo and Polack was arrested in Los Angeles three days later after he fled the area on a Greyhound bus.

Polack is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison when he’s sentenced May 1. The King County Prosecutor’s office is recommending a 25-year prison sentence, said spokesman Dan Donohoe.

Vabishchevich had told friends that Polack had threatened to kill her and she feared for her safety after the couple divorced in 2007, according to investigators. When she failed to show up at work on June 17, 2013, a co-worker checked in on her and found blood and her body in the entryway, according to court records.

When officers first interviewed Polack, he said he was not in Bellevue on the day of the killing, according to records. The following day, a detective saw him buy a bus ticket from Seattle to San Diego, leaving on June 19, 2013.

When officers found Polack getting off a bus in Los Angeles on June 20, 2013, he had $5,000 in cash and had asked fellow passengers how to get to Mexico and said he planned to fly to Europe, according to court records.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to premeditated murder, records said.

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