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Park Falls man convicted of killing wife

PHILLIPS (WAOW) – A 47-year-old Parks Falls man was convicted Friday of fatally stabbing his estranged wife exactly one year ago, court records show.

William Rambo made an Alford plea to first-degree intentional homicide in the Aug. 22, 2013, death of Dawn Rambo, 37, according to online Price County court records.

Circuit Judge Ann Knox-Bauer accepted the plea as part of a plea deal and convicted him as if he had pleaded guilty, court records said. He is to be sentenced Oct. 30.

The mandatory punishment for first-degree intentional homicide is life in prison.

With the Alford plea, Rambo acknowledged there was evidence to convict him but he didn't admit guilt, allowing the judge to convict him as if he pleaded guilty.

The plea deal came as Rambo's three-day trial was set to begin.

A criminal complaint said Rambo became angry and frustrated with his estranged wife because she wouldn't provide him a temporary place to live so he slashed and repeatedly stabbed her.

She suffered eight stab or cut wounds on her face and neck, the complaint said.

"I got nothing to hide. I did what I did. It is what it is," Rambo told investigators, according to the complaint. "I'm worse than Jodi Arias."

Arias was convicted of murder in the June 2008 death of her ex-boyfriend in Arizona. He died of multiple stab wounds, a slit throat and a gunshot to the head. Arias was convicted in May 2013 in a trial that received widespread media attention.

On the day Mrs. Rambo was killed, court documents were filed accusing her husband of misdemeanor battery of her just days earlier, authorities said. He was not to have contact with her without prior written consent, according to court records.

Rambo pleaded guilty to that charge in Friday's plea deal, court records said.

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