A Greenville County man was sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty in the fatal stabbing of his wife at a Walmart store.
Avery Blandin, 49, appeared in court Monday afternoon where he pleaded guilty to murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Blandin was accused of killing his wife, 38-year-old Lilia Blandin, who worked at the Woodforest Bank branch inside the Walmart at 6134 White Horse Rd., on Dec. 10, 2011.
Deputies said they were called to the store where they found Lilia Blandin suffering from stab wounds. She was transported to a local hospital, where she later died.
Investigators said witnesses reported hearing an argument between Lilia Blandin and a man, which escalated to a fight.
During Monday's hearing, additional details were released about the stabbing. It was said in court that Avery Blandin stabbed his wife 12 times with a 12" kitchen knife and tried to stomp her before customers intervened.
Authorities said Avery Blandin drove away, wrecked and hid at Agnew Road Baptist Church until he was arrested. He was hospitalized for a while before he was arrested and charged with murder.
During his hearing Monday, FOX Carolina's Adrian Acosta said Avery Blandin apologized and said, "I love her, she is my best friend."
Lilia Blandin's family was in court and asked the judge that Avery Blandin get life, but a judge sentenced him to 30 years on the murder charge and five years on the weapon charge.
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