Moments after he was convicted in the stabbing death of his wife, a Twinsburg man expressed regret.
Glenn Wong, 51, was being escorted by Summit County sheriff’s deputies from a courtroom where he was just convicted of aggravated murder for the slaying of his wife, Tami Wong, when he was asked if he was remorseful.
“Yes, I am,” he said, nodding his head.
Wong will be sentenced May 2. He faces a mandatory life sentence.
Prosecutors said that Wong stabbed his 46-year-old wife dozens of times the morning of Feb. 24, 2013. He did so over fears — apparently imagined — that she was having an affair.
Wong, who worked as an engineer, had pursued an insanity defense, but the motion was denied a week before trial by Common Pleas Judge Paul Gallagher. In order to preserve his appeals, he took his case to trial.
His behavior — including loud outbursts in court — was characterized as odd by observers. His appearance was often disheveled and his hair was askew.
The Wongs married in 2001 and had lived on Abrams Drive with their two elementary school-aged children. The children were home when the slaying occurred, and it was their 10-year-old daughter who made a horrific 911 call to Twinsburg police.
“My dad is murdering my mom,” the child said.
The children are now living with their maternal grandfather in Oklahoma.
Both children testified briefly on a closed-circuit television connection to the courtroom earlier this week.
They gave short but clear answers to what they heard and saw, essentially confirming the prosecution’s account of what happened at the family’s home that morning. They were not questioned by Wong’s defense attorney Brian Pierce.
“My heart goes out to the family. It’s just a tragic situation for everyone,” Pierce said after the verdict.
Wong also was convicted of felonious assault, kidnapping and domestic violence.
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