Richfield woman sentenced to 86 months for killing husband

Friday, February 20, 2015

Amreya Shefa was sentenced to 86 months in prison in the stabbing death of her husband, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

Shefa, 42, was convicted of manslaughter in the stabbing death of her 48-year-old husband, Habibi Tesema in their Richfield home on Dec.1, 2013. Shefa was charged with second-degree murder, but after a trial without a jury, Hennepin County District Court Judge Elizabeth Cutter found her guilty of the lesser charge in late January.

Judge Cutter gave her credit for the one year and nearly three months she has spent in jail after her arrest. She was immediately taken to the women’s prison in Shakopee.

According to the criminal complaint, when police arrived at the house there was significant blood in the hallway and on doors leading to the bedroom and the bathroom. Police found Tesema in the bathroom and he was pronounced dead by the paramedics.

Shefa told police that the couple got into an argument and she stabbed him in the chest. Tesema grabbed the knife from her and in that struggle, she was cut on the hand. Tesema saw that and dropped the knife, but she grabbed a second knife and stabbed him 30 times, the complaint states. The couple has two young children who were home at the time of the murder.