- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Providence man who fatally stabbed his ex-wife on a public bus as she was on her way to work has been sentenced to life in prison.

Christopher James was sentenced Friday following his conviction in March on a first-degree murder charge in the February 2013 death of Terry Chiodo.

Prosecutors say the 46-year-old Chiodo got on the bus at 6:15 a.m. on her way to work at a Newport sandwich shop. Witnesses say they saw Chiodo and James whispering, possibly arguing, before Chiodo cried out “He just stabbed me.”

Two other passengers restrained James while the bus driver called authorities.

Prosecutors say James texted Chiodo the night before the stabbing, saying: “Consider yourself dead you will never see your grandkids grow.”

James’ attorneys had said he was mentally ill.

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