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Mead man sentenced for wife’s murder

A Mead man who killed his wife in front of their son was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.

Jeffrey N. Canino, 47, received 180 months in prison in a sentence recommend by Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor John Love and imposed by Superior Court Judge Harold Clarke.

Canino pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder for the Dec. 2, 2009, stabbing death of 43-year-old Michelle Canino at the family’s home at 4518 E. Woodglen Road.

Canino, who says he doesn’t remember the incident, was concerned about losing his job at a car dealership, according to past reports, and the couple’s son, who was 11 at the time, told police Canino said his wife had indicated she wanted a divorce.

Canino remains at the Spokane County Jail awaiting transport to state prison. 

Past coverage:

Dec. 22: Man guilty in wife's murder

Dec. 23, 2009: Bond, charge reduce in Mead murder

Dec. 8, 2009: Canino on meds for depression

Mead man pleads guilty in wife’s slaying

Jeffrey N. Canino pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder for the Dec. 2, 2009, slaying of his wife, 43-year-old Michelle Canino.

As part of the plea, Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor John Love agreed to drop a two-year weapon enhancement.

He recommended that Superior Court Judge Harold Clarke sentence Canino, 47, to 15 years in prison at hearing scheduled for Jan. 21.

Canino provided no explanation for his actions.

Read Tom Clouse's story here.

Past coverage:

Dec. 23, 2009: Bond, charge reduce in Mead murder

Dec. 8, 2009: Canino on meds for depression

Dec. 8, 2009: Victim may have sought divorce

Dec. 5, 2009: Family stunned by slaying

Charge reduced in Mead murder

A Mead man accused of killing his wife in front of their 11-year-old son has been charged with second-degree murder.

Sheriff’s detectives recommended charging Jeffery N. Canino, 46, with first-degree murder for the Dec. 2 stabbing death of Michelle Canino at their Mead home, but prosecutors felt evidence only supported the lesser charge.

The difference in charges means prosecutors won’t be trying to prove that Canino planned to kill Michelle Canino but that he did intend to kill her when he stabbed her.

“It didn’t appear that this was any kind of huge thought out plan; it was something he thought to do that morning,” said Deputy Prosecutor John Love.

Canino appeared in Spokane County Superior Court via video today, where his bail was set at $1.5 million, a reduction from the $2.5 million imposed at his first court appearance Dec. 7.

The second-degree murder charge includes domestic violence and weapons enhancements which Love said can put Canino behind bars just as long as a first-degree murder charge can, 20 years to life.

Report: Mead man on meds for depression

A Mead man accused of killing his wife had recently been prescribed anti-depressant medication but “still seemed very depressed,” according to court documents filed today.

Detectives on Monday searched the home where Jeffrey N. Canino, 46, (right, courtesy KHQ) allegedly stabbed Michelle Canino, 43, to death Dec. 2 as the couple argued about divorce, documents say.

A search warrant filed today in Spokane County District Court expanded on what a probable cause affidavit filed Monday stated: Canino was depressed about possibly losing his job at a car dealership and had told his son he stabbed his wife because “she was divorcing him.”

Jeffrey Canino’s sister, Colleen Hagen, told detectives about her brother’s recent medication prescription, according to the search warrant.

The warrant authorized detectives to search Canino, his house and a white 2002 Chevy pickup registered to the couple.

Canino was convicted of violating a domestic violence restraining order against his former wife, Kimberly Canino, in 1993. He also was convicted of third-degree malicious mischief and trespassing in 1994 involving the same woman, District Court Judge Patti Walker said Monday.

Read past coverage here and here.