Simon Bahta, Alexandria man sentenced in deaths of ex-girlfriend, daughter

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - An Alexandria man who cut the throats of his ex-girlfriend and their 3-year-old daughter last year has been sentenced to two life sentences in prison plus 20 years.

Judge Lisa Kemler sentenced 35-year-old Simon Bahta on Thursday for two counts of first-degree murder. An Alexandria Circuit Court jury found him guilty in March.

Bahta killed 27-year-old Seble G. Tessema and their daughter, Eden, on April 11, 2010 in a South Reynolds Street apartment.

Bahta's attorneys had said at trial that he was not guilty by reason of insanity.

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