ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Glen Burnie man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for killing his girlfriend by stabbing her 27 times on New Year’s Day in 2010.

Patrick Rhys, 44, pleaded guilty on Thursday to second-degree murder in the death of 49-year-old Gloria Tongue as their 8-year-old daughter slept in a nearby bedroom.

According to prosecutors, Rhys and Tongue got into an argument and Tongue threatened to move out and take their daughter.

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