A Freeport man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years to life in prison for killing his 22-year-old wife and then lighting a fire in the family’s home in an attempt to cover up the crime three years ago.

Loventino Cassadean had pleaded guilty last year at Nassau County court to second-degree murder.

“This case should serve as a reminder that we must be vigilant in our efforts to end domestic violence and punish the abusers,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.

Prosecutors said that the 52-year-old man repeatedly stabbed his wife, Felicia Cassadean, with a knife in a residence on Craig Avenue on Sept. 3, 2012. He then lit a fire in the residence.

Freeport Department and the firefighters responded, extinguished the flames and found the victim’s body inside. The victim’s two children were visiting her mother in Guyana at the time.

Nassau County police arrested Cassadean shortly after the victim’s body was found.

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