Following the recommendation of a Loudoun jury, the man who fatally stabbed his estranged wife in Leesburg will serve 45 years in prison.
Marco Corletto, 44, was found guilty of second-degree murder and stabbing during the commission of a felony during six-day trial in February. The jury recommended the maximum sentence of 40 years on the murder charge; the stabbing conviction comes with a five-year sentence.
Circuit Court Judge Douglas L. Fleming Jr. finalized the sentence Friday.
Corletto repeatedly stabbing estranged wife Roxana Rico, 31, inside the stairwell of a Clubhouse Drive apartment building on May 16, 2014. Rico was flown from the scene to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she died of more than 25 stab wounds.
Corletto had been charged with first-degree murder and faced a life sentence. The defense successfully argued that the killing was not pre-meditated, resulting in the jury’s decision to find him guilty of a reduced charge.