Man who killed wife during lunch break gets 13 years

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Reached plea agreement

FLORENCE - A man will serve 13 years behind bars for killing his wife during his lunch break.

Dennis Crouse pleaded guilty to killing his wife, Dianna Crouse, in November of 2006.

Authorities say he went home for lunch from work and got into an argument with his wife. Crouse then cut his wife with a knife and left her dying on the floor while he returned to work.

Their child who was 18-months-old at the time was in the home. Dianna's 8-year-old daughter found her dead when she arrived from school and called police.

Crouse pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 13 years in the Department of Corrections and will pay restitution of up to $500,000.

The state dismissed the original charges.