Man sentenced after being convicted of murdering his wife at Coitsville hotel

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Hubbard man convicted earlier this month of stabbing his wife to death at a Coitsville hotel was sentenced Monday to 15 years to life in prison.

Francis Rydarowicz, 50, received the sentence from Judge Anthony Donofrio on a charge of murder for the June 22, 2019 stabbing death of his estranged wife Katherine Rydarowicz, 42, at the King’s Hotel on U.S. 422.

Rydarowicz was convicted Aug. 6 following a week-long trial before Judge Donofrio. The sentence is the only one that can be given under state law.

During the trial, Rydarowicz claimed he acted in self defense, but prosecutors said he had a history of domestic abuse against his estranged wife.

Rydarowicz is planning on appealing his sentence.

Katherine Rydarowicz’s mother, Janine Jones, spoke to the court and said that the actions of Francis Rydarowicz have hurt her family in a way no one will ever know.

Jones said her daughter will miss the milestones in the lives of her son and daughter. She said she had an inkling something would happen to Katherine because of the nature of her relationship with Rydarowicz, who was also known as Jerry for his middle name.

“To be honest, I did think someday Jerry was going to kill her,” Jones said.

Jones said she believes Rydarowicz should never get out of jail.

Rydarowicz did apologize.

“This should never have happened,” Rydarowicz said. “I know what she meant to each one of you.”

Judge Donofrio said it was clear from reviewing Rydarowicz’s past criminal history that something would happen to Katherine, but she was the only person who didn’t seem to realize that.

“Reviewing your past history says a lot about you,” Judge Donofrio said.

Rydarowicz will get credit for 786 days spent in the county jail towards his sentence while awaiting the disposition of his case.

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