A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on Monday for stabbing his wife and her lover to death in a jealous rage.
Steve Whittingham, 49, pleaded guilty last month to stabbing his wife Jonelle Barker, 36, and Jerome Barrett, 35, after he found them having sex inside of a Kia on Dec. 17 in East New York.
Barrett’s relatives attended the sentencing, but declined to give a victim impact statement.
“Both of the victims had large families and were deeply impacted by the actions of the defendant,” said Assistant District Attorney Ernest Chin.
Whittingham, who was also mum in court, dodged a life sentence without the possibility of parole when he pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder charges.
Whittingham told detectives he got an anonymous call to go to the Spring Creek Towers and that’s when he made the discovery. He then stabbed Barker and Barrett several times, and told investigators he was holding his wife’s hand as she drew her last breath.
Barker and Barrett, who was also married, worked together as baggage handlers at Kennedy Airport.