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UPDATE: Hubbard, NE man sentenced Friday



A Hubbard, Nebraska man will be spending up to 50 years in prison after killing his wife in his car. 

Today, the judge sentenced 29-year-old Rogelio Morales.

A jury found him guilty of second degree murder last month.

During the trial, prosecutors say Morales killed 21-year-old Margarita Morales on April 19, 2015 in his car near a Sioux City residence.

Court documents said Morales told investigators a fight broke out when his wife told him she no longer wanted to be in a relationship.

Friday, families of the victim as well as the defense sat in court as Margarita Morales' sister talked about the impact her death has had on their family.

"My family will move forward in life with a lot of effort," said Monica Terriquez, the victim's sister. "But you, you will have to sit there and think of what your selfish actions did to your life and everyone else around you. You took (Margarita) from my family, but gave us Christian and that's the only thing I have to say thank you for."

Christian is Morales and his estranged wife's three-year-old son.

Margarita Morales' sister adopted him after her death.

And, Friday Morales made a final plea to his estranged wife's family.

"I don't want my son to be in shock of learning that he has another family," said Rogelio Morales, convicted murderer. "I've asked countless times to let my family see my son. They will help you with my son. And I don't know- I know you guys are going through a lot. But, don't put my son through more stuff that he's going to go through as he gets older."

Before sentencing, Morales said he has to live with the fact that he didn't know what he did.

He also told the victim's family he was sorry.

Under state law Morales is eligible for parole after serving 35 years.

His attorney said in court they have filed an appeal..

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A judge sentenced Rogelio Morales up to 50 years in prison for the murder of his estranged wife Friday. 

In June, a seven-day trial ended with the Hubbard, Nebraska, man's conviction of second-degree murder by a Woodbury County jury.

Morales was initially charged with first-degree murder in the strangulation death of Margarita Morales in 2015.

Morales admitted that he strangled his wife when she told him she was going to leave him.

But, Morales said he blacked out and didn't remember the crime.

Morales' lawyer also said his client, who served in he military, suffered from post traumatic stress disorder.

KTIV's Tiffany Lane was in the courtroom and will have more starting Live at 5. 

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