La Crosse man sentenced for killing wife in front of children

La Crosse man sentenced for killing wife in front of children

A La Crosse man convicted of stabbing his wife to death in front of five children could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

A judge sentenced 36-year-old Haron Joyner to life in prison Friday.

In December, a jury found Joyner guilty of stabbing his wife, Jessica, multiple times in front of a group of children between the ages of 5 and 11 during an argument at their home on Fifth Avenue in La Crosse.

Joyner’s attorney argued the stabbing was a split-second act of emotion and not a deliberate attack.

Joyner will be eligible for parole in 40 years.

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