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Evansville man receives maximum for murder of his pregnant wife

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Anthony Goffinet was sentenced on Monday to the maximum of 115 years for the murder of Kathleen Goffinet.

Prosecutors say Anthony stabbed Kathleen to death outside a restaurant on Green River Road last summer. Kathleen was also three-and-a-half months pregnant when she was killed. 

41-year-old Goffinet was also found guilty of termination of pregnancy and being an habitual offender. He'll serve 65 for the murder, 30 for being a habitual offender and 20 for termination of pregnancy.

This is the first time termination of a pregnancy has been both charged and convicted in Vanderburgh County. 

In sentencing Goffinet, the judge mentioned his nine prior felonies and 17 misdemeanors.

Kathleen's father and step-mother both spoke in court. Her dad, Ernest, says the last time he spoke to Katie he asked her how are things with Goffinet ever going to change or be different. Ernest says she told him things weren't going to change and she didn't know what to do.

Kathleen's stepmother, Kathy Jones says Angel, their young daughter, is also a victim in this case. Kathy told the judge that she'll never forget she picked up Angel from the police department and told her that her "yucky Daddy cut her Mommy real bad."

The judge says Goffinet stabbing Kathleen in front of their three-year-old daughter was an aggravator and reason for the maximum sentence.

"We thought the judge was extremely good in what he did up there. I think fair is just the summary. The ending is what it is. I feel for Tony, too. He'll never see the light of day again with this conviction, but again our society has to put limits on certain actions," Ernest said.

Angel now lives with Kathleen's parents. They tell 14 News that she now wants to become a police officer so she can stop the bad guys.

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