Sarasota man who killed his wife, stabbing her 17 times, sentenced to life in prison

Sarasota man who killed his wife, stabbing her 17 times, sentenced to life in prison
A Sarasota man has been sentenced to life in prison for committing first degree murder on his wife. (Source: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A Sarasota man has been sentenced to life in prison for violently killing his wife, stabbing her 17 times in the chest and throat.

Spencer Sanders II was convicted by a jury on Friday of first degree premeditated murder and attempted sexual assault with use of force likely to cause serious personal injury.

On July 10, 2018, Sanders stabbed his wife, Blanka, 17 times in the chest and throat in their home on the 42nd Street in Sarasota. She was found lying face down in the kitchen floor in a pool of blood the next day by her daughter.

Prosecutors say Sanders left shoe prints in his wife’s blood and his semen was found on the back of her thigh. Video evidence was used to construct a timeline of Sanders’ actions before his wife’s murder.

Sanders was sentenced immediately after the jury’s verdict Friday to life in prison for murder and to 15 years concurrent sentence for attempted sexual assault.

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