Man pleads guilty to second-degree murder in stabbing death of wife at Phoenix home


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PHOENIX — A man accused in the fatal stabbing of his wife at their Phoenix home has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Salvador Garcia-Sanchez entered his plea Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Police say 41-year-old Maria Gonzalez and her husband had a verbal altercation before Garcia-Sanchez stabbed her with a knife in October 2012.

Authorities say he was out on bond at the time after facing charges of being in the country illegally. Police say five of the woman's children witnessed the stabbing.

Gonzalez collapsed outside the couple's home and was taken to a Phoenix hospital, where she was declared dead.

Garcia-Sanchez is set to be sentenced on Jan. 5.

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