A North Adams man was sentenced to up to life in prison Thursday for the brutal 2018 killing of his wife at the couple's home.

Mark Steele-Knudslien, 49, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien.

Steele-Knudslien gave no statement during the hearing before John Judge Agostini and said nothing apart from answering a series of standard questions posed to him to ensure that he was pleading voluntarily with knowledge of the rights he was giving up by doing so.

Christa, 42, a transgender woman,was beaten with a hammer and then stabbed in the back with a knife Jan. 4, 2018.

More details on this story at  The Berkshire Eagle.com