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Montgomery man who stabbed wife five times gets life sentence

A 49-year-old Montgomery County man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday, two months after a jury convicted him of killing his wife by stabbing her five times inside their Silver Spring apartment in front of their daughter.

The daughter, who was about to start college, must now live with the memory of the slaying and her father, Claude Harrison, locked up in prison.

"This is yet another domestic violence murder in front of a child. It's deeply troubling," said Montgomery County’s chief prosecutor, John McCarthy.

It’s unlikely Harrison will get out of prison any time soon. Under Maryland law, the governor must sign off on parole for anyone convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. His crime was not eligible for the death penalty in the state.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  April 22, 2010; 6:34 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  | Tags: man gets life in wife's slaying; man sentenced to life in wife's stabbing; Claude Harrison  
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