Man gets 35 years for fatally stabbing wife in Walmart - - Columbia, South Carolina

Man gets 35 years for fatally stabbing wife in Walmart

Avery Blandin (Source: WYFF) Avery Blandin (Source: WYFF)
Lilia Blandin (Source: WYFF) Lilia Blandin (Source: WYFF)

GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - The man accused of stabbing his wife inside an Upstate Walmart pleaded guilty to the crime Monday afternoon.

Avery Blandin received a 30-year sentence for murder and 5-year sentence for possession of a weapon during a violent crime. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Blandin admitted that he stabbed his wife, Lilia, on Dec. 10, 2011 at the store on White Horse Road in Berea.

"I'm just so sorry this happened," Blandin said in court. "I loved her. She was my wife.  My best friend."

Deputy Solicitor Andrew Culbreath said Blandin hid a 12-inch kitchen knife in his waistband and used it to stab his wife 12 times.

"He stabbed her until she fell over the back of the table, where upon he walked around and attempted to stomp on the victim," Culbreath said.

Investigators said Blandin fled the store in an SUV and crashed it a short distance away.

"When officers found him, he was trying to stab himself saying, I'm going to hell. I'm going to hell,'" Susannah Ross, Blandin's public defender, said.

Lilia was found with injuries and taken to the hospital where she died, according to the coroner.

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