Jersey City man sentenced to 22 years for strangling wife
Mar 13, 2014 | 886 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JERSEY CITY -- Steven Acuna, 40, who was convicted of killing his 32-year old wife at their Jersey City Heights home in August 2011 and then hiding the body in the basement in a 55-gallon drum, was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Acuna was convicted of strangling his wife, Randy “Amanda” Lehrer, during a fight, after which he put the body in a drum and filled it with cement. The boy was found about a month later by investigators in the basement of the Charles Street home.

According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s office, Acuna – who originally charged with murder -- pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in October. The couple's toddler girl was put into the care of her grandparents.

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