SALINA, Kan. (AP) A 42-year-old central Kansas man has been sentenced to nearly 19 years in prison for killing his wife and attempting to kill his sister-in-law.
The Salina Journal reported that Judge Rene Young heard emotional statements from the victims’ families and friends Friday before imposing the maximum sentence against Michael Andrew Paulson.
Paulson was convicted in July of second-degree murder in the 2010 stabbing death of Valerie Paulson. He also was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder for injuring his sister-in-law, Jessie Putman.
Prosecutors said Paulson was facing the prospect of divorce and hid with a knife in the couple’s Assaria home as his wife was returning to pick up her belongings.