A former Michigan instructor will spend many years behind bars after slitting his spouse’s throat when she discovered he was having a sexual relationship with a center college scholar.
James Chelekis, 32, has been behind bars since attacking his spouse with a knife inside their Wyoming residence on June 27.
The violence started after Chelekis and his spouse started discussing his affair, which on the time she didn’t know concerned a 14-year-old woman, the Detroit Free Press stories. She quickly discovered the connection had been happening for a couple of 12 months.
After the assault police say Chelekis learn bible verses and known as the teenager scholar as his spouse was bleeding out on the ground beneath him, based on WOODTV.
Upon studying what had occurred, the 14-year-old woman reportedly instructed him to name for assist. It took practically an hour after the assault earlier than 911 was truly contacted.
Police arrived and took Chelekis into custody whereas his spouse Amanda Chelekis was handled for knife wounds to her throat and cuts to her palms
Earlier this month, Chelekis pleaded no contest to tried homicide on his spouse and two counts of first-degree prison sexual conduct involving the 14-year-old scholar.
At sentencing Tuesday, the spouse described to the courtroom how her husband attacked her, the Detroit Free Press stories.
“Standing behind me, he kissed my brow and slit my throat from one aspect to the opposite,” Amanda Chelekis instructed the choose.
Prosecutors additionally learn an announcement from the coed’s mom, who mentioned Chelekis “brainwashed” her daughter and traumatized their household.
“She went from having a lot of associates to no associates. One way or the other James managed to govern her to the place he was the one one she trusted, which resulted in whole isolation from actions and associates and an inappropriate relationship with him.”
The assertion additionally revealed that even after he was arrested, Chelekis continued to contact the woman from behind bars, the Detroit Free Press stories, writing her letters and telling her he was on suicide watch as a result of he was mentally unstable.
The defendant’s attorneys tried to assert Chelekis suffered from sudden psychological well being points, however prosecutors argued that as a result of the affair with the coed was extended, it signifies the conduct was deliberate out and never a sign of psychological sickness.
Earlier than being formally sentenced, Chelekis cried as he instructed the choose he was sorry.
“I’ll by no means cease making an attempt to say I am sorry and apologize,” Chelekis acknowledged.
Kent County Circuit Courtroom Choose Paul Sullivan known as the assault “egregious” and mentioned it was fairly clear to him that Chelekis needed to kill his spouse and anticipated her to die.
Chelekis was sentenced to 15-40 years for the sexual assault and 30-60 years for assault with intent to commit homicide. The sentences shall be served concurrently.
Amanda Chelekis filed for divorce after the assault, which was finalized two weeks in the past, based on the Detroit Free Press. The couple have 2 daughters collectively
Chelekis was a math instructor and labored within the Kentwood college district for about 6 years.