South Linden man admits to stabbing death of wife

A 50-year-old man was sentenced Monday to a minimum of 11 years in prison after admitting that he fatally stabbed his wife in their South Linden home.

Antonio M. Torres pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the May 2, 2019, death of 47-year-old Rocio Torres. She was pronounced dead that morning after a daughter discovered the body at the couple’s residence in the 1300 block of East 23rd Avenue.

Responding officers found Antonio Torres in the home with stab wounds. He was arrested after being treated at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center.

Torres initially claimed that he killed his spouse in self-defense, but further investigation showed that he was lying and the stab wounds were self-inflicted, according to an affidavit filed in Franklin Municipal Court at the time of his arrest.

The sentence, imposed by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Jaiza Page, is for an indefinite term of 11 to 16½ years. Prosecuting and defense attorneys recommended the sentence as part of a plea agreement.

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