A Brownsville man convicted of stabbing to death his estranged wife was sentenced to 25 years to life in Brooklyn Supreme Wednesday.
David Andrew Rhoden, 48, stalked his ex, Karen Bartley, on her way home from work Sept. 13, 2016 and then confronted her as she sat in her car, ultimately slashing her throat and stabbing her.
Bartley, 45, was left to bleed to death in her Nissan Maxima. The attack happened just months after the couple had split.
Rhoden, 48, was sentenced by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Ruth Shillingford for the murder and criminal possession of a weapon
Afterwards, Bartley’s daughter, Shanice Wright, told reporters through tears, “She was my mother and I won’t get another one. This man took everything from me. I don’t know how to function at times with knowing he murdered her.”
In court Rhoden — who declined to make any statements to the judge — looked away as Karen Bartley’s best friend Terry Yard spoke.
“How many years in jail can equate to what you took away from us? There is not enough time on earth,” Yard said adding, “I hope every day that you wake up from a jail cell…she haunts you.”
Assistant District Attorney Sabeeha Madni asked for the maximum sentence of 25 years to life saying, “This was an extremely brutal violent attack.”
Madni also noted that she sent Rhoden’s fingerprints to his home country in Jamaica and to Canada and discovered he had been using a false identity and age and had a criminal history in both countries.
Judge Shillingford called the murder a “very, very heinous crime,” noting she didn’t think mental health issues factored into Rhoden’s actions.
“The court does not believe that there was anything with respect to extreme emotional disturbance in this case,” Shillingford said.
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