Man sen­tenced to 30 years in stab­bings that killed woman

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - WEATHER -

MAYS LAND­ING >> A New Jer­sey man has been sen­tenced to 30 years in prison in a dou­ble stab­bing that left his ex-girl­friend dead and a Penn­syl­va­nia man crit­i­cally in­jured.

The Press of At­lantic City re­ports that 53-yearold Jose Lopez was sen­tenced Thurs­day in the death of 54-year-old Bessy Blanco, who was found stabbed to death in Fe­bru­ary 2017 in her At­lantic City home. Lopez was also sen­tenced to a con­cur­rent 20-year term in the stab­bing of the man.

Lopez pleaded guilty in Novem­ber to mur­der and at­tempted mur­der. He didn’t speak at his sen­tenc­ing but de­fense at­tor­ney Steve Sch­ef­fler said his client “cer­tainly wants me to con­vey his re­morse, his apolo­gies.”

Prose­cu­tors called Lopez a jeal­ous ex-boyfriend who had been kicked out of the home days be­fore the stab­bings.

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