JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A Jeffersonville man found guilty of murdering his wife has been sentenced.
Edward "Dale" Bagshaw was convicted in January of stabbing his estranged wife, Kelly, more than 60 times back in November 2011. Their two children were nearby.
Moments before Bagshaw was sentenced, he apologized to his family and to the family of his estranged wife. Bagshaw was sentenced to a maximum of 65 years in prison. The defense wanted 45 years and asked the judge to consider Bagshaw’s mental history when handing down the sentence.
Kelly's sister, Terry Clark, spoke out in court asking the judge to hold Bagshaw accountable for what he did, but at the same time said she had forgiven him for what he did.
“Kelly is going to be missed. She was an earthly angel. Those 65 years you know that’s a long time, but Kelly won’t have another breath,” Margaret Gaines said.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said he was pleased at the judge’s decision to give Bagshaw the maximum sentence.
“She died very painfully and violently, and her children were right there,” Mull said.
Bagshaw will receive credit for the time he has served and five years of his sentence have been suspended. Indiana law will require Bagshaw serve at least 30 years of his sentence.
Bagshaw does plan to appeal the decision.