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Sherman Oaks Man Convicted of Fatally Stabbing Wife in Front of 12-Year-Old Son

A Van Nuys jury deliberated about 45 minutes

A Sherman Oaks man is facing more than 29 years to life in state prison after being convicted of fatally stabbing his wife in front of their 12-year-old son, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

A Van Nuys jury deliberated about 45 minutes before finding Aurelio Teran, 40, guilty late Wednesday of first-degree murder for the Aug. 27, 2017, slaying of his 32-year-old wife, Viridiana, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Jurors also convicted Teran of one count each of criminal threats, injuring a spouse and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, along with finding true an allegation that Teran used a knife in the commission of the murder.

Teran stabbed his wife to death on Aug. 27, 2017, in front of their then-12-year-old son, according to evidence presented during his trial. He had assaulted and theatened his wife the evening before, according to Deputy District Attorney Michele Pincus.

Teran fled to Ventura County, where he was arrested Aug. 28, 2017,after being struck by a car. A Ventura County sheriff's sergeant who responded to a call of a "pedestrian on the roadway" recognized Teran as the suspect being sought in his wife's stabbing death, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

He is due back in court April 30 for sentencing.

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