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Man convicted of killing estranged wife in Phoenix gets life sentence

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PHOENIX – A man convicted of killing his estranged wife in Phoenix and fleeing to India for several years was sentenced by a judge Friday to life in prison.

A jury found Avtar Grewal, 44, guilty of first-degree murder in July.

Prosecutors said Grewal killed 30-year-old Navneet Kaur in 2007 after she told him she wanted a divorce.

They said he strangled her before putting her body in a bathtub and filling it with water.

Defense attorneys argued Kaur’s death was accidental.

The couple married in 2005 and had a long-distance relationship with Grewal residing in Canada and Kaur living on a visa in the Ahwatukee area of Phoenix.

Grewel was arrested and extradited to Phoenix in 2011, but his trial didn’t begin until June.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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