Man Gets 25 Years in Girlfriend Stabbing Death

Prosecutor calls killing one of the most horrific he'd encountered in career

Monday, Nov 21, 2011  |  Updated 8:43 PM EDT
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Man Gets 25 Years in Girlfriend Stabbing Death

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A man convicted of killing his girlfriend by stabbing her about two dozen times with a kitchen knife has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Juan Rios apologized as he was sentenced Monday. He said he hoped his sentence would bring Denise Deperrie's family some comfort.

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Thomas Schiels  called the killing one of the most horrific he'd encountered in more than 30 years as a prosecutor.

Deperrie's body was found in her apartment in September 2007. Rios was convicted in July of murder.

Rios had been arrested on charges of cutting Deperrie with a sword and beating two months earlier. But he was released from jail that August because she was unavailable to prosecutors, and they weren't able to get an indictment.

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