A Kansas City, North, man who said “I guess I won” after killing his wife was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder.
A Clay County Circuit Court jury deliberated for about four hours before convicting Thomas C. Santamaria Jr. in the March 2015 killing of 50-year-old Yuvett Santamaria.
She was found by a friend dead on the floor of their bedroom with him sleeping on the bed, according to testimony.
When police arrived, they woke Thomas Santamaria, and as they led him away in handcuffs he told the friend, “I guess I won,” according to testimony.
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Santamaria, 45, has been jailed since his initial arrest. A hearing for post-trial motions and possible sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 2.
He faces a potential sentence of life in prison.