By Associated Press - Monday, April 8, 2019

PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) - A man who stabbed his girlfriend nearly 100 times during an argument in their home has been sentenced to 60 years in state prison.

Anthony James had been convicted in February on murder and two weapons charges in the September 2011 slaying of 48-year-old Audrey Tanksley. Authorities found her body when they responded to a 911 call at the couple’s Plainfield home, and James was arrested there a short time later.

James had claimed at trial that Tanksley was the aggressor during their argument. But the jury deliberated for just 45 minutes before they convicted him.

James will have to serve about 51 years before he becomes eligible for parole under the sentence imposed Friday.

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