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Man in screwdriver stabbing sentenced to life behind bars

Jessica Cuffman • May 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

At an emotionally charged hearing Tuesday, a judge sentenced a murderous estranged husband to life in prison.

Jeremy Gallant, 27, won't be eligible for a parole hearing until he's served 18 years in prison.

He pleaded guilty to murder and tampering with evidence last month, related to the death of 22-year-old Maria Vera on June 14 last year.

Gallant attacked Vera with a screwdriver when they got into an argument while she was collecting belongings from his Berlin Township home.

He stabbed Vera repeatedly in the face, neck and head. She was on life support for two weeks before she died.

One of Vera's sisters, Jessica Rosa, from Texas, read a statement in court Tuesday asking for the maximum sentence.

Gallant also read a statement.

To see what they said, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Register or watch the video above.

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