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Yonkers Man Gets 25 Years In Shooting Death Of Wife

A Yonkers man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for shooting and killing his wife on Wednesday.
A Yonkers man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for shooting and killing his wife on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney

YONKERS, N.Y. -- A Yonkers man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Wednesday for shooting and killing his wife during a domestic dispute in 2013, according to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

Jose Contreras, 53, shot his wife, Sharon Contreras, in the chest on Oct. 12, 2013 while the two were arguing, the district attorney's office said. Police responded to reports of gunshots and found Sharon Contreras in the hallway of their apartment building on the 11th floor. Jose Contreras had fled the scene, but was later found nearby, the district attorney said.

“This shooting was the product of years of arguments, fights and abuse. Although the defendant’s wife was the principal victim his actions affected their children who now must live with the loss of their mother and the fact that their father will now effectively spend the rest of his life in prison,” DiFiore said in a statement.

Jose Contreras pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in November.

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