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Prosecutor: Man gets 32 years in strangulation death of wife

October 9, 2018

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man convicted in the strangulation death of his wife in the New Jersey home they shared with a child has been sentenced to 32 years in prison.

The Union County prosecutor’s office says 43-year-old Abayuba Rivas of Elizabeth was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years for aggravated manslaughter and a consecutive seven-year term for endangering the welfare of a child. Prosecutors say he must serve at least 85 percent of the manslaughter term before being eligible for parole.

Authorities said Rivas killed 32-year-old Karla Jose Villagra Garzon in March 2014 and left her body on a mattress in the basement of an abandoned home 10 miles away. Jurors deliberated for four days in July before acquitting him of murder but convicting him on the other charges.

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