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April 27, 2018

Man who stabs and kills wife sentenced to prison

Duane Magee (Booking Photo)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A San Bernardino man who stabbed and killed his wife was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison today.


In Nov. 2017, a jury found 56-year-old Duane Magee guilty of Second Degree Murder and found true a knife allegation. The charges stem from a Sept. 2012 incident in which the defendant stabbed his wife 24 times because they were having marital problems.


According to Deputy District Attorney Melissa Monrreal, who prosecuted the case, Magee called 911 dispatch after stabbing his wife and told them he had just killed his wife because she was cheating on him.


“When asked whether the victim was dead, the defendant responded, ‘I’m hoping she’s dead,’” said Deputy DA Monrreal.

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