A Texas woman was found guilty on Wednesday of first-degree murder for the 2012 murder of her husband.
On Thursday, 57-year-old Sandra Melgar was sentenced to 27 years in prison for stabbing Jaime Melgar 31 times and then trying to stage the murder scene as a home break-in, People reports.
Prosecutors claimed that Sandra killed Jaime in their Houston-area home just one day before the couple’s 32nd wedding anniversary. After she killed her husband, she tied her hands and ankles behind her back locked herself in a closet.
Prosecutors pointed to a cloudy fingernail on Sandra’s hand, which they said was caused by bleach used to tidy up the murder scene. Then, they claim, she tried to claim a $500,000 life insurance policy. Prosecutors also said that because Sandra was a Jehovah’s Witness, a divorce would have resulted in being shunned by her community.
When the verdict was read in court, Sandra “let out a howl” and put her hands over her face, according to the Houston Chronicle.
“Sandra Melgar hacked the life out of her husband … and for that she will spend the balance of her life on a cell block,” Harris County, Texas, Assistant District Attorney Colleen Barnett said in a statement.
[Photo: Harris County Sheriff's Office]