Pasadena man sentenced to life in prison in wife's slaying

A Pasadena man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife as she was preparing to leave him.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Alison L. Asti sentenced Stephen Richard Salb, 58, on Friday, agreeing with the sentence prosecutors sought for the July 2011 fatal stabbing of Jill Teets Salb, 38.

"It was the ultimate in domestic violence," said prosecutor Anne Colt Leitess. "She was going to leave him and he wasn't going to have that."

Leitess said the victim had nine stab wounds, but more than 100 cuts — which Leitess said indicated that she tried to fight off her husband. Also injured was the victim's daughter, who tried to pull Salb off her mother. Last September, Salb entered an Alford plea to first-degree murder, acknowledging that prosecutors had evidence to convict him, but not admitting guilt. It is treated like a guilty plea in court.

Heather Tierney, an assistant public defender who represented Salb, said her client had no criminal history, but did have a history of mental illness, and was under treatment since 2009 for a bipolar disorder and depression. She said he had taken an "excessive" amount of one of the drugs used to treat him when his wife was killed.

"He was not in his right state of mind at the time" of the fatal stabbing, she said, and at times did not remember what happened.

Asti recommended that the prison system provide mental health care as needed for Salb. He will be eligible for parole consideration after serving 15 years of the sentence.

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