LARGO — A 62-year-old Palm Harbor woman convicted this summer of murdering her estranged husband was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison.
"The act itself shows nothing other than pitiless rage," said Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Thane Covert as he handed down the sentence.
In August, a jury agreed with prosecutors that Linda T. Weeks stabbed Martin Weeks to death in 2007 after learning he had an affair with another woman.
Weeks was stabbed more than two dozen times and died in the front yard of his home near Clearwater. He was 61. His body was discovered by his boss on June 13, 2007, after he failed to show up for his job as a truck driver for a Palm Harbor food pantry.
During Friday's hearing, a victim's advocate read a letter from Martin Weeks' adult daughter, who lives in Australia.
The woman said the day she heard about her father's murder was "the worst day in my life."
Prosecutors asked for a sentence of life in prison. Weeks' attorney, Charles Lykes, asked the judge to consider probation or minimal prison time because his client suffers from a multitude of health problems and has never been convicted of a violent crime.
"If released on probation or community control, she would not be a threat," Lykes said.
Lykes said he intends to appeal the second-degree murder conviction, and he believes his client is innocent.
So, too, does Linda Week's mother, Denese Tillery, 81.
"I just know in my mind, heart and soul she didn't do that," she said.
Weeks will get credit for the 901 days she has spent in the Pinellas County Jail since her arrest in May 2008.
But with Weeks' health problems — which include congestive heart failure — and the length of the sentence, Tillery and other family members said they knew they may never see Weeks again.
"I'm all alone now," Tillery said.