Minneapolis man sentenced for killing his wife

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Minneapolis man, who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his wife, was sentenced to 93 months in prison, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Wayne Ray Watson, 52, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter last month in the stabbing death of his wife, 53-year-old Flowera Ransom. Before he was sentenced Tuesday, a victim advocate read a victim impact statement from Ransom’s brother said that his sister wanted to end her relationship with Watson and move back to Oklahoma. Watson apologized for his actions before the sentence was handed down.

According to the criminal complaint, on Oct. 1, 2015, Watson called 911 to report that he had stabbed his wife in their Northeast Minneapolis home. She was found on the floor of their apartment and officers saw a stab wound on the left side of her neck. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner determined that her jugular was cut by the knife.

When interviewed, Watson initially told officers he had stabbed his wife because she came at him with a knife. During a second interview, he claimed that they had struggled over the knife, but she may have ended up stabbing herself on purpose, the complaint states.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)