Minnesota man pleads guilty in murder of pregnant wife

Published 9:47 am Friday, February 3, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — A suburban Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to two counts of intentional second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his pregnant wife.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s office said 31-year-old Yevgeniy Savenok of Eden Prairie agreed to a sentence of more than 65 years in prison. That’s higher than guidelines call for, in part because his wife’s sister, who’s a minor, witnessed the stabbing last May.

Savenok’s wife, 23-year-old Lyubov Savenok, was 26 weeks pregnant. The child died a few minutes after being delivered through an emergency cesarean section.

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Savenok has told investigators that killing his wife was the “only way out.” The couple had lived in DuPage County, Illi