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Husband who fatally stabbed Queens hairstylist in front of customers gets 25 years

Queens salon owner reveals stylist survived strangling one week before husband fatally stabbed her at work
Posted at 2:53 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 14:59:47-05

JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens — A man who stabbed his estranged wife to death inside of a Jackson Heights salon was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Thursday, officials said.

William Rivas, 39, was captured on surveillance storming into Tu S’tilo Salon — and then repeatedly stabbing Carmen Iris Santiago in August of 2019 2019. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

"Today's sentence of the court punishes this defendant for committing this fatal domestic violence attack against his estranged wife, whom he repeatedly stabbed in front of horrified onlookers at her workplace," Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said.

Rivas had argued in the salon with his wife on Aug. 7 until the owner made him leave, Katz said. But he barged back in and attacked.

He was on top of his bleeding wife when police arrived.

Santiago was a mother of two.

PIX11 previously reported that Rivas had tried to strangle his wife in an earlier argument. Rivas was paroled from a Pennsylvania prison in May of 2019 after doing more than four years for terrorizing another woman.