Man takes plea deal in wife's murder


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OREM -- An Orem man who stabbed his wife to death has taken a plea bargain. Roberto Ramirez pleaded guilty to manslaughter Thursday.

Prosecutors initially charged him with murder in the Jan. 6 death of his wife, 36-year-old Norma Villalobos-Guzman, in their Orem home at 536 E. Sage Circle. But they allowed him to plea to a lesser charge, saying the couple had a volatile relationship and that his wife may have been an attacker.

Prosecutors say just before the stabbing, an eviction notice sparked a heated fight between the couple.

Ramirez told police he was lying down when Villalobos-Guzman approached him and began jabbing a knife into his chest. He then grabbed the knife and stabbed her.

Ramirez will be sentenced in October.

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