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Forty-five years in prison for man who killed wife in front of daughter

HeriberRamirez / phofrom Cook County Sheriff's office

Heriberto Ramirez / photo from Cook County Sheriff's office

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Updated: December 28, 2012 3:33PM

A northwest suburban man was sentenced to 45 years in prison Friday for fatally stabbing his wife in front of their 9-year-old daughter on Valentine’s Day last year.

Heriberto Ramirez, 50, was convicted of first-degree murder in November. On Friday, Judge Kay Hanlon sentenced him to 45 years at the Rolling Meadows courthouse, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Ramirez’s daughter called police about 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 14, 2011, and said her father was “hitting” her mother, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

Deputies found Alicia Ramirez, 45, dead in the bathroom of the family home in the 400 block of West Touhy Avenue in unincorporated Des Plaines, police said. An autopsy determined she died from multiple stab wounds and ruled her death a homicide, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The couple’s daughter was taken into protective custody, police said.

Deputies had responded to two reports of verbal altercations at the home in the past few years, the sheriff’s office said.

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