US man gets 30 years for murdering wife on cruise ship

US man gets 30 years for murdering wife on ship
The couple were travelling on the Emerald Princess cruise ship (file photo). Source: BBC
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Daily US Times: A man from the US state of Utah who killed his wife on a cruise ship in 2017 has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The 43-year-old Kenneth Manzanares pleaded guilty last year to the murder of his 39-year-old wife Kristy in a cruise ship in the US state of Alaska in 2017, whose body was found with severe head wounds in their cabin.

The couple were on a cruise in July 2017 with their three daughters and members of their extended family.

Officials described the murder as “chilling”, savage and brutal.

On Thursday, federal prosecutor Bryan Wilson said in a statement: “While today’s sentence will not bring Kristy back to her family and friends, we hope it provides a sense of justice.”

He said: “This was not a random act of violence but a chilling neglect for human life,” adding that Manzanares would serve 30 years in prison without parole, followed by five years of supervised release.

FBI agent Robert Britt said “no excuse can justify the savagery committed by this man”.

Federal authorities handled the murder case because it occurred in US waters.

The incident took place on 25 July 2017, on board the Emerald Princess cruise ship, operated by Princess Cruises.

Kenneth and Kristy Manzanares had an argument that evening in which Kristy stated she wanted a divorce, according to court documents.

The couple’s daughters then left the cabin to join relatives and shortly afterwards screams were heard.

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