A New Jersey man who stabbed his ex-wife 84 times and placed a rubber pig mask over her face was sentenced on Friday to 50 years in prison for her murder.
Judge Robert Gilson told Anthony Novellino, 67, that he would not be eligible parole for at least 42 years, meaning he is unlikely to leave prison alive.
Novellino used an 8-inch kitchen knife to kill Judith Novellino in June 2010 when she came to their former marital home in Denville, a township in northern New Jersey, to pack up some of her belongings, according to prosecutors. Their divorce had been finalized less than two weeks earlier.
After killing her in the bathroom, Novellino fetched a rubber pig mask from a closet and put it over her face before fleeing, according to prosecutors from the district attorney’s office in Morris County.
Jurors saw emails Novellino had sent to his friends and relatives complaining that Judith Novellino was a poor housekeeper. Prosecutors said Novellino had fetched the pig mask as a final insult to his ex-wife’s perceived shortcomings.
Five days after the murder, police found Novellino more than 2,500 miles away from the home in a small city in Washington state.
The jury found Novellino guilty in July of murder, tampering with evidence and of breaking various weapon laws.
(Writing by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Bill Trott)
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