A key witness claimed that the man had attempted to justify his actions by saying "she wouldn't stop laughing at me"
You would think that a couple would be looking forward to romance while on a cruise to celebrate their anniversary. Things took a tragic turn for the Manzanares family when the father, Kenneth, ended up brutally murdering his wife, Kristy, during the cruise to Alaska in front of their daughters.
Kenneth Manzanares has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Kristy who he killed while the two were on the Emerald Princess cruise ship. According to reports, the couple, who were high-school sweethearts, were celebrating their wedding anniversary with their three daughters and extended family when they got into an argument over his behaviour that evening. Things escalated quickly and Kenneth beat his wife to death. He had caused severe head injuries which killed her, reported the Daily Star.
Kenneth apparently told his children to leave the room prior to the attack but they witnessed the horrific incident from the connected balcony. CNN reported that Kristy's brothers saw him drag his wife's body toward the balcony before he grabbed her ankles and pulled her back into the cabin. Security was called but it was too late. A key witness claimed that they had asked Kenneth what happened and he attempted to justify his actions by saying "she wouldn't stop laughing at me," reported the Daily Star.
US Attorney Bryan Wilson of the District of Alaska said, "This was not a random act of violence but chilling neglect for human life for which he will serve 30 years in federal prison, where there is no parole ever. While today's sentence will not bring Kristy back to her family and friends, we hope it provides a sense of justice for this heinous crime and brings some closure to those who knew and cared about her." Anchorage FBI Special Agent Robert Britt added, "No excuse can justify the savagery committed by this man, who will now spend the next three decades behind bars. The FBI worked tirelessly, with the support of our partners, to seek justice for Kristy — a beloved mother, daughter, sister and friend."
Kristy's cousin Kasey Hunt paid tribute to her in People Magazine saying she "had a glow to her, and filled a room with life," and added, "She was so damn nice to everyone, she was amazing," reported the Daily Star.