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Rockford-area man guilty of fatally stabbing wife in 2015

September 21, 2018

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A judge has found a 38-year-old man guilty of fatally stabbing his wife inside their Rockford-area apartment after he got upset with her over some text messages.

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato said Jose RodriguezAranda was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder. He’s scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Randy Wilt on Dec. 17.

Authorities say Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies found Martina Chagoya-Espinoza dead on the kitchen floor after the couple’s 9-year-old son called 911 on Nov. 21, 2015. She had been stabbed 23 times.

RodriguezAranda told detectives in a recorded interview that he stabbed her the previous day then used the knife on himself. A detective testified RodriguezAranda said, “I can’t believe I did this.” The couple’s two children were home at the time of the stabbing.

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