Lancaster Township man sentenced to life in prison in stabbing death of wife

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Joseph Carrington

Carrington K. Joseph

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa.–   Carrington Joseph, 29, of Lancaster Township will serve a mandatory life sentence, in accordance with state law.  Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker formally sentenced Joseph late Thursday afternoon.    Judge Reinaker found Joseph guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his 27-year-old wife last year, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office.

Carrington Joseph,  stabbed his wife, Melissa Joseph, inside their townhome at 511 Sterling Place in Lancaster Township on May 2, 2014.

Prosecutors said Joseph stabbed Melissa 82 times during an argument over finances.

The non-jury trial took place over the course of 2 1/2 days.

Opening statements were Monday morning before police and Melissa Joseph’s sister took the stand. Testimony stalled for a few hours that day, due to a brawl in the courtroom. A spectator was held in contempt of court.