It will be at least 20 years before an Omaha man will be eligible for parole in the murder of his wife, Lavern Eubanks.
Bobby Wallace was sentenced to 30 to 40 years in prison for second degree murder, 10 to 20 years for use of a weapon to commit a felony, and one to two years for attempted second degree assault. At most, he will serve 30 years behind bars.
In May 2013, police said Wallace stabbed his wife, Lavern, more than a dozen times and then repeatedly kicked her. Lavern's four sons, who at the time were five, 11, 13, and 13, saw the attack.
Her family was in court Friday for the sentencing. Many were so upset, they had to leave the courtroom before the judge finished reading his decision.
Dorothy Johnson, the victim's sister, said, "How do you stab a person 22 times all over their body and get 20 years?"
Prosecutors said that on the day of the murder, Eubanks had been arrested on an outstanding warrant. When she returned home, she and Wallace got into an argument. Wallace claims Eubanks hit him with a pan. Then, he grabbed a paring knife from a drawer and stabbed her several times.
Eubanks' 13-year-old son intervened and got Eubanks free, who then ran outside. Wallace then grabbed a large carving knife and went outside to stab Eubanks. Police said the 13-year-old again tried to protect his mother and got that knife from Wallace.
Neighbors say after Eubanks was attacked, her 5-year-old was sitting in the grass crying. Also, according to a neighbor, her 11-year-old and one of her 13-year-old sons were running through the neighborhood, trying to get help. Her other 13-year-old son was by his mom, still trying to protect her.