Takoma Park man sentenced to life behind bars for murder of pregnant fiancé

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MONTGOMERY CO., Md. - A 35-year-old man accused of killing his pregnant fiancé was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Monday.

Honorable Circuit Court Judge John Maloney sentenced Thierry Nkusu in Montgomery County Circuit Court for the maximum sentence for first degree murder in Maryland.

Nkusu was convicted by a jury back in April for killing Maria Mbunga.

According to charging documents, Nkusu stabbed Mbunga several times in their Takoma Park apartment.

"She was trying to make her way to escape this brutal attack from the bathroom, to the living room, to the bedroom," says Public Affairs Director for the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office, Ramón Korionoff. "The blood trail and the wounds were just so significant that the detectives could not really believe the amount of blood lost and the suffering that she must've gone through."

Attorneys for Nkusu talked about his past on Monday, saying he had no criminal record and plans of going to school.

Judge Maloney did note his past as "impressive," but said that did not change his actions, which he called an "awful, savage, killing."

"That is so personal. It is so brutal," he said.

Prosecutors argued that Nkusu has never once taken responsibility for his actions and went as far as to say an intruder was the one that attacked both of them, even though is injuries were found to be superficial.

Documents also noted that Mbunga told a friend that Nkusu said he "would not take responsibility for the child."

Judge Maloney said it came down to greed.

"Whether it would be having to pay child support or being a part of a lifestyle change that he would not be comfortable with," says Korionoff.

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