- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) - A Hudson Valley man who admitted to fatally stabbing his wife in 2014 has been sentenced.

Leonard Salters was sentenced on Thursday in Orange County Court to 18 years to life in prison after pleading guilty in August to second-degree murder charges.

Prosecutors say Salters fatally stabbed 62-year-old Junco Salters in the abdomen and torso in June 2014 in the couple’s Highland Falls home. Officials say one of the blows pierced Salters’ heart.

Police say responding officers saw a blood-soaked Leonard Salters flee the scene after a neighbor reported a struggle at the home.

He was apprehended after crashing his car on the Garden State Parkway in Irvington, New Jersey.

The 53-year-old Salters apologized in court.

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