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Man gets 50 years for killing estranged wife

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There was emotional testimony Tuesday during the murder trial for the former school security guard who pleaded guilty to shooting and killing his estranged wife in a UT Southwestern parking garage.

It happened back in January when Karen Cox Smith had just left work. Prosecutors said Ferdinand Smith watched her walk to her car and then shot her.

Jury selection had just gotten underway on Monday when Ferdinand pleaded guilty and accepted a 50 year sentence.

On Tuesday, Karen's family members gave emotional impact statements that were aimed at the man who took her life.

"I wish for you a cruel and violent death in prison, and that you burn in eternity. I spit on the day I met you," said Sarah Horton, her mother.

Court records showed Ferdinand had a long history of abusing his wife.

Karen had a protective order against him, but family members said she still feared that he would one day kill her.

The couple had three children together.

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