A Jefferson Parish jury has found Jose Sagastume guilty of strangling his wife during an argument in their Metairie home.
Sagastume, 34, was convicted as charged of domestic abuse by strangulation for the Sept. 15, 2019, incident.
According to evidence presented at trial, Sagastume returned home from a night out drinking and accused his wife of being unfaithful. The ensuing argument escalated to violence, when Sagastume tackled her, put his hands around her neck and began strangling her, according to trial evidence.
As the argument unfolded, the wife telephoned her cousin and asked him to go to their home. Amid the attack, the cousin arrived and knocked on the door, which enabled her to escape and call 911.
The jury heard testimony about a prior incident involving a physical altercation over jealousy.
Sagastume denied strangling his wife, an assertion the jury rejected after deliberating for about two hours on Tuesday (Nov. 9).
Judge R. Christopher Cox of the 24th Judicial District Court is scheduled to sentence Sagastume on Monday (Nov. 15).
Assistant District Attorneys Rachel Africk and Stephen Downer prosecuted the case.