New York Janitor Sentenced to Prison for Killing Wife as Children Tried to Protect Her

Newsday says Robert Crumb, of Long Island, got a sentence of 47 years to life Monday.

What to Know

  • Robert Crumb got a sentence of 47 years to life Monday for the murder of his wife Maria back in 2016.
  • Crumb's 12-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter both tried to fight him off and protect their mother during the incident.
  • The situation ended in a police chase ended when he drove into a gas pump in Brooklyn, causing an explosion.

A New York man who killed his wife as their children tried to protect her will spend decades behind bars.

Newsday says Robert Crumb, of Long Island, got a sentence of 47 years to life Monday.

The Brooklyn janitor first paralyzed Maria Crumb with a knife in November 2016 during an argument in the bedroom of their Bethpage home. The two were arguing over their pending divorce, prosecutors say, and their 12-year-old son tried to stop his father as he stabbed and slashed Maria in the back, but was thrown off. 

Crumb then killed his wife, stabbing her in the neck. Their 16-year-old daughter was wounded while trying to grab the knife.

A police chase ended when he drove into a gas pump in Brooklyn, causing an explosion.

Police had to use a stun gun on Crumb when he charged, knocking an officer unconscious.

Patty Kontonis told the court her daughter was an "angel" deeply devoted to her children.

She said after the sentencing that justice was served.

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