A man got into an argument with his pregnant girlfriend at a Connecticut motel room over his drug and alcohol abuse. Then he stabbed the mom more than 40 times..
Now, he will serve a year behind bars for each wound.
Recently, a judge in Connecticut sentenced Avery Hallbrooks to 40 years in prison for killing Corina Rodriguez. She was already a mom to three children, and pregnant with a fourth, when she was stabbed to death in 2018.
Halbrooks previously pleaded guilty to murder. He entered his plea with the Alford caveat, where a defendant does not disclose details but admits there is enough to convict, according to The Day.
The plea agreement called for a sentence of 40 years.
The victim was stabbed to death in an East Lyme, Connecticut, motel room in December 2018, according to The Day. The attack happened after the two had an disagreement, and the victim threw Hallbrooks’ belongings out of the room.
The argument was over his drug and alcohol use and Rodriguez’s family said she planned to leave Hallbrooks.
The suspect lied to police and tried to blame the attack on others, according to the report. But he later confessed to the crime where the victim was stabbed more than 40 times.
Despite the four-decade sentence, the victim’s family was not happy about the punishment.
"He shook this family to the core," Phil Rodriguez, Corina's stepfather told a judge at a sentencing hearing, according to NBC Connecticut. "He didn't just kill Corina. He killed all of us."
The family called the killer a coward as they spoke to the court. Hallbrooks offered his apologies to the relatives.
The victim’s mother, Heather, wrote a letter to the court asking the judge to reject the plea offer. She said the impact on their family would last the rest of their lives, according to NBC Connecticut.
"We are here today to voice our strong objection to the 40-year plea offer that has, yet again, been extended to the defendant after he rejected two offers," Heather noted, according to the report. "Given the horrific nature of this crime, and the defendant's actions following, we feel he should serve the 48 years that your honor offered as cap back when he rejected the court's first plea offer, and not a day less."