Twenty years to life in prison. That's the future for Jason Guynup, 29. Guynup received his prison sentence Monday morning in Rensselaer County Court after pleading guilty back in June to second degree murder. YNN's Geoff Redick was in court and has more.
TROY, N.Y. -- "I wake up every day knowing I failed as a father, as a boyfriend, uncle and a son. I pray to God that someday I will be forgiven for my actions. I truly am sorry."
Jason Guynup, 29, the man who admitted to fatally stabbing his estranged girlfriend, will spend 20 years to life in prison. Back in June, Guynup pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of Nikki Hart.
Police say they were called to a home on Bri-lan Avenue in Schodack last December for a domestic dispute. When they arrived, they found Hart had been stabbed in the neck.
Ashley Hart laid out every detail of the morning her sister was killed by Jason Guynup during the sentencing. In a statement, she told the judge that she watched as Guynup brutally beat her sister and pulled out a knife and says she ran to shield the couple's two children as Guynup fatally stabbed Nikki Hart in the neck. Ashley says Nikki later died in her arms.
"I wanted him to never have a doubt in his mind or try to say he didn't know what he did. I wanted him to relive it, as I do every day," said Ashley Hart.
"My heart is truly broken. I know the cowardly act has taken a piece of my heart away. I feel there is a whole in my heart that was filled by my daughter Nikki," said Bill Hart, Nikki's father.
The District Attorney says he doesn't expect Guynup will ever be free on parole.