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A Houston man who claimed he shot his wife six times because he was “sleepwalking” was sentenced to 75 years in prison Friday for her death, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Raymond Gene Lazarine, 67, had verbally and physically abused his wife, Deborah Lazarine, for years, according to prosecutors. He was convicted of murder in her death on Dec. 18, 2013.
Lazarine’s adult children testified that their father was often drunk and abusive during their childhood. They said they still fear him and worry that he’ll kill them if he were released, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office.
Defense attorneys argued during the murder trial that Lazarine was sleepwalking when he killed his wife of 35 years and he didn’t do it intentionally.
Lazarine will be eligible for parole when he is 97.