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Man sentenced for wife's murder in front of kids

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Jesus Arteaga Garcia, 31, was convicted Feb. 8 of second-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Maribel Arteaga. Jesus Arteaga Garcia, 31, was convicted Feb. 8 of second-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Maribel Arteaga.
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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A man who stabbed his pregnant estranged wife to death in front of the couple's children in Chula Vista was sentenced Thursday to 15 years to life in prison.

Jesus Arteaga Garcia, 31, was convicted Feb. 8 of second-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Maribel Arteaga, but jurors acquitted the defendant of murder charges regarding the victim's fetus.

The victim, a Customs and Border Protection agent, was two months pregnant with another man's child at the time of the slaying.

Because the murder took place in front of the couple's sons -- who were 4 and 6 at the time -- Garcia was also convicted of two misdemeanor counts of child abuse, for which he received credit for jail time served.

The victim's boyfriend, Carlos Orga, also a CBP agent, testified that on Dec. 10, 2009, he was watching television with the victim when the defendant knocked on the door. Orga said he got up and went to his bedroom while the victim answered the door.

While in the bedroom, Orga heard a commotion and a bang, then the injured victim came into the bedroom with her children, saying the defendant stabbed her, he said.

Authorities said Garcia fled to Mexico after the slaying. He was extradited to the United States in July 2011. In order to ensure the extradition, U.S. authorities had to agree not to seek the death penalty.

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