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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Comments (11)
  1. Michele says:

    23years for murder, that doesn’t make any sense. That should be the DEATH penalty. That is the problem with MD, they are scared to use it. THey say it is cruel and unjust well, murder isn’t. I say an eye for an eye.

    1. jim says:

      YEA and now we have to pay for him the next 23 years

  2. Guest2 says:

    This should have been the death penalty, which the governor wouldn’t sign, or at least life in prison with no parole. He stabbed her 27 times. 23 years for murder. These judges have to go.

  3. fed up says:

    Maybe the judge should rot in jail for 23 years for such a wussy sentencing and this idiot should get the death penalty.. It is pathetic that our country cuts the benefits for firefighters, police officers and the funding for our schools but we have to pay for criminals like this.. He should get the death penalty immediately and open up the prisons for criminals that commit other crimes such as robbery and selling drugs etc. If we’d empty our prisons of the murderers and get rid of them immediately, imagine how much room we’d make. In the meantime I am paying for him to get 3 meals a day, a bed, exercise, a free education and free healthcare.. Where is the justice in this?

    1. chalkie says:

      Bad thing is that senior citizens cannot even get what a prisoner get in jail. Thier out there trying to pay for meds food and a place to live on cheap arse S.S.I.. Now the bad thing is, its a average of $57000 a year to keep 1 prisoner in jail. I think they should reverse this, give the seniors the 57K and let the prisoners have that weak arse monthly payment called S.S.I. Who cares if a prisoner doesn’t get what they need, maybe they will think before they break the law again!!!

  4. edthe bed says:

    Twenty three years for taking a life is a miserable excuse for this fiend act. He most likely will be out in 13 or fifteen years with good behavior. Hardly a good deterrent to capital murder & who but the taxpayer will raise this child who most likely will be an abused person & dysfunctional all of her life which only adds to the problem. Sure I know of success cases with foster homes but for every one there are a hundred that are bad…..Maybe , just maybe this judge should have put the guideline book away for sentencing & taken a good hard personal look & the child & made it so that the Father will never have contact with the daughter again & given him fifty years : NO PAROLE.

  5. Sandee Rousseau says:

    23 years for taking her life? That does not make sense to me! An eye for an eye…..he should die too.

  6. Chalkie says:

    Personnally I feel he should have the same punishment done to him , as he did to his wife!!!!! They need to make the punishments to fit the crimes!!!

  7. Charles says:

    Hi all, The Bible say’s ” An Eye For An Eye, & a Tooth For A Tooth”,,this person TOOK ANOTHER HUMAN LIFE,,so there for HE SHOULD DIEEEEE,,& NOTTTT BY
    “Lethal Injection”,,that is way too humane,,,put this ANIMAL where he BELONGS,,,FIRE UP OL SPARKY & LIGHT HIS BUTT UP LIKE A ROMAN CANDLE,,,but i keep forgetting we live in “The Peoples Republic Of Maryland”,,if the powere that be would adopt the “eye for an eye” attitude,,and start exicuting these
    animal’s,,,maybe,,JUST MAYBE the wannabe thug’s walking the street’s of this state would start “THINKING” BEFORE they take some one’s life,,,in the six years that i have lived here in maryland, it has beome MOST OBVIOUS Too me that in the criminal mindset, there is NO VALUE on human life,,,that is why Baltimore has became the SECOND DEADLIEST CITY in the nation,,,WAKE UP ANNAPOLIS & GET YOUR HEAD OUTTA YOUR BUTTS!

  8. Bill says:

    They want new laws to combat crime. The laws are there, they just have to use them and then sentence people appropriately. He’ll be out in time to kill his next girlfriend.

  9. 1uniquemonique says:

    Why does this headline say” Williams get 23 years” and the article is about two different people? Also, a previous article stated Williams will be sentenced April 29th. Get it together WJZ!!!!

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