Philemon Chavis was sentenced to 19 years in prison Thursday for nearly killing his wife in a brutal attack on March 13.
Chavis slammed Karen Chavis’ head into concrete, punched her, choked her until she lost consciousness and doused her with bleach. He then tied his wife up inside a car and forced her to ask for $100,000 ransom from her parents or he would kill her.
At Thursday’s sentencing, Karen Chavis said her husband was a “runaway freight train speeding down a hill with no brakes.”
On Thursday, Karen Chavis appeared in Albany County Court with a crowd of family and friends. Her victim impact statement offered kind, at times forgiving, words to her former husband before he was sentenced by acting Supreme Court Justice Dan Lamont.
She made it clear she believes Chavis descended down a dark path amid stresses — and made the wrong fr
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