FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Judge William Terrence handed down the 26 years to life sentence for first-degree murder to Rafael Reynosa.
The sentencing comes more than a year after he stabbed his wife to death.
In May of last year, Fresno County Sheriff's deputies were called to the couple's home in Huron.
They discovered 35-year-old Bianca Reynosa had been stabbed in the neck while she slept. Her husband then stabbed himself.
The murder happened while their four children, aged four to 12 at the time, were in the home.
Bianca's mother expressed her outrage in court.
"Holding the knife with blood allowing the children to see him," says Estela Regalado.
Reynosa's attorney, Dennis Yamada, said his client hoped for reconciliation with his children and eventually forgiveness.
At least two of his children feel otherwise, which was expressed in one of their victim impact statements read Thursday.
"Your honor, if you could do me a favor and talk to all of my dad's family, tell them to respect my mom's memory and to stop talking bad about my mom," says Rochelle Armenta.
Reynosa's two oldest children attended the sentencing, asking that their restraining order against their father be extended.
The judge extended that order to the maximum possible of 10 years.
During that time, Reynosa cannot contact his children directly or through anyone else.
If you are the victim of domestic abuse, or you know someone who is, there is help available 24/7. In Fresno County, call the Marjaree Mason Center at (559) 233-4357. In all other locations, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233.