A 21-year-old Navy man received a 10-year prison sentence in Maricopa County Superior Court today for the murder of his rival for the love of a 48-year-old Chandler schoolteacher.
Sixto Balbuena stabbed 18-year-old Samual Valdivia on April 10, 2009, after catching the younger man at the house of Tamara Hofmann, a teacher at El Dorado High School. She reportedly met Balbuena while teaching at Tempe's Marcos de Niza High School.
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The incident started when Balbuena returned home on leave, went to Hofmann's house and caught Valdivia there with a naked Hofmann.
After it was all over, the sailor expressed remorse to police, telling them he hadn't meant to kill the younger man, just teach him a "lesson". His infamous quote about how his knife went in "like butter" still gives us chills.
Ten years seems like a relatively light sentence -- let's hope he doesn't come out of prison with a taste for more butter.