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Samolyuk Sentenced to more than 20 years

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- In a hearing that drew tears from both sides, including Igor Samolyuk, he learned that he'll spend almost the next 20 years of his life in prison.

"The court agrees that a sentence of 250 months in your case is appropriate," Superior Court Judge Carrie Runge said as she handed down the sentence.

Runge sentenced Samolyuk to 250 months behind bars, including the 20 months he's already served.  

Samolyuk stabbed his wife, Yana, to death in July 2006 in their car near Finley.  

A jury found him guilty last year.

On Thursday, he himself wept as Yana's parents testified.  Her father held Yana and Igor's daughter as he talked. 

Yana's family says over time, they've found forgiveness.

"We need to forgive like it was said before in the courtroom.   Where we believe in god and we're Christians so we have to forgive, but you know, forgiveness still comes with time," her mother said through an interpreter. 

Igor's two brothers also spoke at the sentencing, each saying in the 18 years they knew him they never thought he could hurt anything.  

Samolyuk's attorneys also say they are appealing his guilty verdict.