Husband sentenced to 18 years for bathtub shooting of wife

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An upstate New York man was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Wednesday for the attempted murder of his wife whom he shot four times as she sat in a bath tub, authorities said.

Cecil Torrence III pleaded guilty in February to shooting his wife Lisa at their home in Syracuse, New York in March 2010, allegedly because he believed she was having an affair.

Prosecutors said the couple was arguing about text messages that she had received when Torrence shot her. He fled with their 2-year-old daughter, who he then left at his mother’s house, they said.

Lisa Torrence survived, crawling from the house and calling for help. When police arrived, she had collapsed naked in a snow bank.

Cecil Torrence was arrested the following day while hiding in the closet of a nearby home.

He was sentenced by Onandaga County, New York Judge Anthony Aloi, a court clerk said.

(Reporting by Bernd Debusmann Jr., editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Greg McCune)

Husband sentenced to 18 years for bathtub shooting of wife