ELIZABETH, NJ - A Roselle man who stabbed to death his ex-wife, 51-year-old Elizabeth resident Lucia Emeliano in 2006, was sentenced on March 24 to 27 years in state prison.

On July 23, 2006, in violation of a domestic violence restraining order, Ademir Ramalho, 64,  approached his estranged wife outside her home on Adams Avenue in Elizabeth and trapped her between his rental vehicle and her vehicle, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Ruppert, who prosecuted the case. 

Ramalho then immediately got out of the car and stabbed Emeliano four times, three times in the chest and once in the back, Ruppert said. Emeliano was pronounced dead at the scene, while Ramalho was arrested moments later. 

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Ramalho was tried and convicted of murder and other charges in 2009, but the conviction was overturned by a 2013 Appellate Division ruling. Ramalho had remained incarcerated in Union County Jail pending a possible retrial. 

In January, Ramalho had pleaded guilty to a single count of first-degree aggravated manslaughter and was sentenced by state Superior Court Judge Scott J. Moynihan on Friday. 

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