Law & Crime reports that a 55-year-old man has been sentenced to 18 years to life in prison for stabbing his 25-year-old wife in bed. Joseph Abraham, of New York, killed his wife, Amanda Trenck, in 2017 when he stabbed her to death while she was sleeping.

The couple has a three-year-old daughter together.

Prosecutors say the couple got into an argument in the early hours of May 21, 2017. Trenck was found slumped over her bed later with multiple stab wounds.

Trenck’s father gave a victim impact statement in court that said the coroner’s report revealed the last moments of her life were horrific. She was attacked while asleep and awoke when being stabbed multiple times in the back. After turning over to fight for her life, she suffered additional stab wounds to the chest and neck, as well as broken ribs.

She was declared dead at the scene, and two knives believed to be the murder weapons were discovered in the same room.

Abraham was discovered unconscious in a full bathtub. His neck and wrists were slit, but police arrested him after interviewing him at the hospital. His trial started in June and he pleaded not guilty.

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