Mt Pleasant man gets 30 years for killing wife, dumping body in North Charleston

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A 48-year-old Mount Pleasant man who killed his wife and dumped her body in a yard in North Charleston was sentenced to 30 years.

Alberto Martinez-Villa entered a plea of guilty to voluntary manslaughter and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in the stabbing death of his wife, 32-year-old Augustine Hernandez-Hernandez.

Judge R. Markley Dennis sentenced Martinze-Villa to thirty years for voluntary manslaughter and five years for the weapons charge to run concurrently.

"Under the sentencing law governing voluntary manslaughter, Martinez-Villa is not eligible for parole," said officials with the Ninth Solicitor's Office.

According to Mount Pleasant police, Martinez–Villa contacted them during the early morning hours of Nov. 29, 2014, to report his wife missing.

He told officers that he had not seen her since the previous afternoon.

"Later that day, the victim's partially clothed body was located in the yard of an abandoned house in North Charleston," prosecutors said. "She died as a result of multiple stab wounds to her chest and back."

A report states that after giving conflicting statements to investigators, Martinez-Villa eventually admitted to stabbing his wife.

"He claimed that she pulled a knife on him during a heated argument while driving in their car," the solicitor's office said."He said he stabbed her as he was pushing the knife away."

According to investigators, he said that in a panic he removed some of her clothing and drove to North Charleston where he dumped her body.

He then led detectives to various areas in Mount Pleasant where he disposed of her clothing, bloody car components, and the knife.

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