20 year sentence for man who murdered pregnant wife

December 29, 2011 10:51


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Judges in the Haifa District Court on Thursday sentenced a Kiryat Motzkin resident to 20 years in prison for the murder of his wife.

35-year-old David Chen was found guilty of stabbing his wife, Inbal, to death in April, before attempting suicide. Inbal Chen was pregnant at the time of her murder.

Although the penalty for murder is life in prison, judges Yosef Elron, Moshe Gilad and Menahem Raniel accepted the lesser sentence as part of a plea bargain, after the prosecution and defense agreed Chen was suffering from a mental condition at the time of the murder that impaired his ability to understand and anticipate the consequences of his actions.

"This is another of those cases, all too frequent at this time, in which an innocent young woman's life is taken, murdered for no reason by someone she thought would be her partner for life," said Judge Elron, ruling to accept the plea bargain with its lenient sentence.

The court also ordered Chen to pay his wife's family compensation of NIS 50,000, paid in monthly installments of NIS 1,000.

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