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Man Convicted of Stabbing Wife to Death in Hair Salon Gets 25 to Life

By Joe Parziale | March 28, 2013 3:04pm
 Michael Kenny, 42, was charged with the brutal murder of his wife, Denise, 41.
Michael Kenny, 42, was charged with the brutal murder of his wife, Denise, 41.
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MIDTOWN — A man convicted of fatally stabbing his wife two years ago in the Midtown hair salon where she worked was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison, officials announced Thursday. 

Michael Kenny, 44, attacked his 40-year-old wife, Denise, in March 2011 in the West 35th Street hair salon where she was working, stabbing her multiple times in the chest, leg and forearm inside the salon’s second-floor bathroom, authorities said. She was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

After the attack, Kenny swiped cash from the salon’s register and fled to Brooklyn, where he stole a van from his employer, authorities said. He then escaped to Maryland, where he was spotted a day later by cops in Anne Arundel County.

Kenny led police on a 5-mile car chase before being stopped and arrested. He was extradited to New York and indicted two weeks after the day of the attack on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated criminal contempt in violation of an order of protection his wife had against him for a domestic dispute.

A jury in New York State Supreme Court found him guilty March 8.

“Domestic violence tears families apart, and all too often results in the death of an innocent victim,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement. "This defendant murdered his wife, and in doing so robbed her children of a mother.... I urge any victim of domestic violence to call my Office’s Domestic Violence Hotline at 212-335-4308."