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Man murders wife, props her corpse on sofa as kids open Christmas gifts

Californian William Wallace is facing a 15-year sentence after beating his wife to death

Steve Gorman

A Southern California man accused of beating his wife to death early on Christmas Day 2011 and later propping her body up on a couch while his two young stepdaughters opened presents was convicted on Wednesday of second-degree murder.

William Wallace, 39, of Anaheim, who spent time in jail for a previous episode of domestic violence, faces a prison sentence of 15 years to life after an Orange County Superior Court jury found him guilty in the death of his spouse, Zazell Preston, 26.

Sentencing has been set for June 4...

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