A man learned on a family trip to Disney World that his wife was having an affair. When they got home, he stabbed her 58 times.
Now, the jilted-lover-turned-killer will spend years behind bars.
Last month, a judge in New York sentenced Marcello Molinari to 19 years to life in prison for stabbing his wife, Melissa, to death. Molinari previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
On Nov. 2, the couple and their kids — aged 4, 12, 13 and 17 — were on vacation at Disney World in Florida, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.
There, Molinari learned his wife was having an affair, according to prosecutors.
The trip was cut short and they drove back to their home around Nov. 5. Melissa was last seen alive on Nov. 21 and was reported missing by a friend on Dec. 2, prosecutors noted.
Police started to search and found several questionable stains in the family’s van, according to prosecutors.
Molinari allowed police to search his phone and they saw searches for terms such as “non-extradition countries,” prosecutors said. There was also nine months’ worth of data that was missing.
Police tracked the phone to a dead-end street in Middle Island, New York, on Nov. 22, prosecutors said.
A search of that area found Melissa’s body, according to officials. An autopsy revealed she had been stabbed 58 times.
“The sentence handed down in court today cannot possibly ameliorate the pain this defendant inflicted upon the victim and her family,” Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney said. “However, this jail term can ensure that the defendant will be unable to further endanger the community for a substantial period of time.”
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