Utah man sentenced to 30 years in death of wife on cruise

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FILE – This July 26, 2017 file photo shows the Emerald Princess cruise ship docked in Juneau, Alaska. A federal judge on Thursday, June 3, 2021, in Juneau, Alaska, sentenced Kenneth Manzanares charged with first-degree murder to 30 years in prison for the beating death of his wife, Kristy Manzanares while aboard the ship on a cruise to Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Utah man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in the beating death of his wife on an Alaska cruise.

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The federal judge handing down the sentence Thursday described the 2017 crime as violent and brutal. Prosecutors had sought life in prison for Kenneth Manzanares, while Manzanares’ attorneys requested 7 1/2 years.

Manzanares looked back briefly, toward where two of his daughters sat in the courtroom, before being led out after the sentence was announced. An attorney for Manzanares says an appeal will be filed. A prosecutor says he hopes with the sentence that the healing process for the family can begin.

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