SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California guy who killed his spouse and propped up her human body on a couch as her young children opened Christmas presents was sentenced Friday to 15 years to existence in prison.
William Wallace, 39, of Anaheim was convicted of next-degree murder earlier this year for the 2011 killing of Za’Zell Preston, 26.
Authorities mentioned Preston experienced repeated abuse from Wallace in the course of the marriage.
Preston’s mother spoke at his sentencing hearing, the Orange County Sign up claimed.
“He conquer and tortured my daughter and at the exact same time mentally assassinated her children,” Saidell Preston stated. “He showed her no mercy. Let us demonstrate him no mercy.”
Prosecutors stated Preston was taking higher education courses in hopes of becoming a domestic violence counselor when she was fatally crushed on Dec. 24 or early Dec. 25 in 2011 by Wallace, who now had served jail time for beating her.
Prosecutors claimed the few experienced gone to a neighbor’s Christmas Eve bash, and a neighbor explained listening to an argument later that night time.
The next morning, in accordance to the prosecution, Wallace dragged his wife’s body from the bed room to the residing area sofa, put sunglasses on her and told the children: “Mommy ruined Xmas, she acquired drunk and ruined Xmas.”
He then experienced them open their Xmas offers, authorities mentioned.
Wallace’s attorney argued that Preston died from accidents after she drunkenly tripped and fell into a glass desk, shattering it.
Preston was slumped in excess of on the sofa when paramedics arrived. She remaining a 7-week-aged son and two daughters from a preceding relationship, who have been then 3 and 8 years aged.