Sentenced to a man who murdered his wife and supported his body in front of his child

Santa Ana, CA (AP) — A Southern California man who killed his wife and leaned her body on the couch while children were opening Christmas gifts was sentenced to 15 years in life imprisonment on Friday.

William Wallace, 39, of Anaheim, was convicted of second-class murder earlier this year for murdering The Zel Preston, 26, in 2011.

Preston was repeatedly abused by Wallace during his marriage, officials said.

Preston’s mother spoke at his decision hearing, the Orange County Register. report.

“He beat and tortured my daughter and at the same time mentally assassinated her children,” said Saidel Preston. “He didn’t forgive her. Let’s not show him forgiveness.”

The prosecution was taking college classes hoping that Preston would be a domestic violence counselor after being fatally beaten by Wallace on December 24 or early December 25, 2011.

The prosecution said the couple had attended a party on their neighbor’s Christmas Eve, and neighbors had a quarrel later that night.

The next morning, according to the prosecution, Wallace dragged his wife’s body out of the bedroom onto the sofa in the living room, put on sunglasses and told the children, “Mom messed up Christmas, drunk and messed up Christmas.”

According to officials, he had them open Christmas gifts.

Wallace’s lawyer claimed that Preston was drunk and stumbled onto a glass table, shattering the glass table and then died of injury.

Preston was lying on the couch when the paramedics arrived. She left behind a seven-week-old son and two daughters (three and eight years old at the time) born of a previous relationship.

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