A husband who stabbed the mother of their five children at a home in National City, then told a 911 operator it was “too late” for an ambulance, was sentenced Friday to 16 years to life in state prison.
Jose Hernandez Cruz, 44, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder in the Dec. 29, 2015, death of 38-year-old Angelica Vargas Hernandez.
According to National City Police, Cruz called for help about 10:15 p.m. and told authorities that he had stabbed his wife.
He was still at the family residence in the 2500 block of I Avenue when officers arrived. Police found Cruz with blood on his hands and his wife face- down with a stab wound to the chest. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
At the time of the murder, the couple’s five children — ages four to 16- years-old — were living with family in Tijuana.
Cruz had no prior criminal record and lived primarily in Mexico, police said.
—City News Service
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