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Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2012 1:31 pm | Updated: 11:31 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Alaska man convicted of killing his wife has been sentenced to 104 years in prison.

Prosecutors alleged that 69-year-old James Wease got into a fight with his wife when she relapsed into cocaine and alcohol abuse. Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton handed down the sentence on Friday, and he restricted Wease's chance for parole.

The Anchorage Daily News reports ( ) that Wease's lawyer argued the fight was mutual and that Dana Sena-Wease died of an "accidental piercing" as her husband tried to defend himself.

Court records show Wease spent time in prison after he fatally shot a man over a marijuana deal in 1977.

The victim's daughter, Kaylee Sena, says she's elated with the long sentence.

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