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Killer of the aunt of ex-NBA player Matt Barnes sentenced after re-trial

The man who killed the aunt of retired NBA player Matt Barnes was resentenced to 56 years to life in prison last week following his re-trial in the death of his wife, Tanganyika Williams, according to court records.

Michael Lee Williams, 58, had initially been convicted in December 2015, but that verdict was overturned last year, when the California Court of Appeal ordered a new trial because of the improper introduction of a previous conviction during the original proceeding.

Williams stabbed his wife twice in the neck while they were traveling in his van on the morning of July 8, 2014. His trial focused on his state of mind at the time of the stabbing, according a press release from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

Williams was convicted for a second time June 6, and he was sentenced Friday, court records show.

He is being held in Los Angeles.

Correction: An earlier version of this story erroneously said Michael Williams was sentenced to 25 years to life when he was re-tried for the murder of his wife. Williams was sentenced to 56 years to life.

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Caroline Ghisolfi, from Stanford University, is a local news reporter for The Sacramento Bee, focusing on breaking news and health care. She grew up in Milan, Italy.