By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater man was given a jury-recommended 11-year prison term Tuesday for stabbing and beating his wife, who had testified that her injuries were all accidentally self-inflicted.
Andrew Niles Rice, 29, who had three prior convictions for domestic violence, was given consecutive sentences by Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler of six years for stabbing his wife and five years for beating his wife in the presence of her two girls, age 18 months and 3 years, prosecutor Debra Vincent told KUSH.
“The defendant advised he was waiving his right to appeal,” the prosecutor said.
Rice was convicted three weeks ago by a jury composed of five women and seven men after they listened twice during their deliberations to a 911 call from his wife — who testified on the witness stand that she lied about being attacked.
The prosecutor had told the jury in her closing argument, “This case wasn’t just built on her. There were injuries that were documented, the 911 call, the statements to the doctor.”
During the two-day trial, jurors saw photos of the injuries on Rice’s wife, who had married him 11 days earlier — less than a month after he was released from prison where he served one-third of a 10-year sentence for domestic assault and battery by strangulation in 2014, court records show.
Stillwater Police Detective Mary Kellison had testified that when she saw Rice’s wife at her residence at 7:21 a.m. on Sept. 15, 2018, she was “visibly upset, crying, breathing a little bit hard. She had a large raised section on her forehead, bruises on her biceps, a puncture wound on her right buttocks area, bruising on either side of her neck.”