The Criminal Courts building in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.
The Criminal Courts building in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.

A jury found Wednesday that a 75-year-old man who strangled his wife of 44 years in a Montebello senior citizens complex was sane at the time of the killing.

The Los Angeles Superior Court panel deliberated about 2 1/2 hours before returning its finding in the case of Baghdo Hayrapetyan, who was convicted Oct. 30 of second-degree murder for the March 5, 2012, death of his wife, Anahit.

The couple had argued before Hayrapetyan strangled his 63-year-old spouse, according to Deputy District Attorney Pak Kouch.

The woman was dead when police arrived. Her husband, 72 at the time, was found with self-inflicted stab wounds.

Hayrapetyan is facing 15 years to life in prison, with sentencing scheduled for Feb. 10.

City News Service

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