Omaha, NE -- He stabbed the mother of his children to death in front of their kids. Now, 36-year-old Bobby Wallace will spend the next two decades behind bars. But the victim's family says that's not enough, saying the sentence doesn't fit the crime.
Bobby Wallace pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Murder, and turned over parental rights because, his attorney said, he didn't want to put everyone through more pain. But the victim's family says nothing can take away the pain.
The family of LaVern "Nikki" Eubanks said they wanted justice for Nikki, who is described as a loving mother, who was always smiling.
Judge Peter Bataillon sentenced Wallace to 40-60 years in prison for 2nd Degree Murder, Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony, and 2nd Degree Assault. With good time, he'll be eligible for parole in 20 years.
On May 25th, 2013 the couple had an argument at their home near 33rd & Pratt St. Eubanks apparently hit Wallace with a pan, and Wallace grabbed a knife and started stabbing her. Authorities say she then supposedly hit him with a hot pan, and he then grabbed a bigger knife and kept stabbing her. All while her children were trying to get Wallace to stop. The fight continued into the front yard. When officers arrived, they saw Wallace kicking Eubanks in the head. She died at the scene.
"It don't fit the crime, it just don't,” said Nikki’s sister, Dorothy Johnson. “Because he'll be able to walk out and live life, and she's gone forever. How can you stab a person 18 times? They didn't tell the whole story; a knife broke off in her, in her eye, in her back. That's a coward."
The judge acknowledged that the couple had a documented, tumultuous relationship over the years.
Wallace faced a maximum of life in prison. He'll get credit for 272 days served, and has a mandatory release in 30 years.