Minneapolis man who killed wife gets 40 years

Pat McMahon Contributor

As her father stabbed her mother 120 times in their Minneapolis home, 13-year-old Brianna Nash tried mightily to fend him off, managing to wrest a bloody knife from his hands.

But her mother, Pauline Nash, died from the savage attack by her husband of 24 years, Billy Nash. The couple had six children.

On Monday, Nash, 47, received a 40-year sentence from Hennepin County District Judge Patricia Kerr Karasov. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to intentional murder. Three of the couple’s daughters spoke to the judge before sentencing and two shouted swear words as Nash was led from the courtroom. The women glared at him, but he did not look at them.

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