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Man given 2-20 years in jail for wife’s slaying

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OGDEN — Sean Brandon Palmer has been sentenced to the maximum two to 20 years in prison for the drunken stabbing of his wife.

Palmer, 30, was convicted Dec. 13 of second-degree felony manslaughter in the July 24, 2000, stabbing of Katina Palmer, 27.

Palmer had been charged with first-degree felony murder, punishable by five years to life in prison, but the jury convicted him of the lesser offense.

Manslaughter is punishable by one to 15 years in prison. When a dangerous weapon is used, a judge can add one year to the minimum and five years to the maximum.

That was what 2nd District Judge Parley Baldwin did Thursday when he sentenced Palmer to two to 20 years in prison.

Baldwin called it one of the worst second-degree felonies he's ever presided over.

"We were satisfied. It was the best we could have got" following the "disappointing" jury verdict, Deputy Weber County Attorney Dean Saunders said.

An autopsy concluded that Katina Palmer died from a single stab wound to her back.

Defense witnesses testified to the Palmers' history of domestic violence toward each during their six-year relationship. That and Palmer's alcoholism were key to the defense contention the case did not have the necessary intent to warrant a murder conviction.