A former teacher from Michigan has been sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for the attempted murder of his wife after she discovered he was having an affair with one of his students.
The teacher, James Chelekis, was sentenced to prison after he pleaded his case in Kent County Circuit Court, reports Time. He was accused of attempted murder and sexual misconduct with the underage student. The 32-year-old attempted the murder in June 2016. Not surprisingly, his wife filed for divorce afterward.
His wife, Amanda, was attacked after she found evidence of her husband's affair. At the time, it is reported, she was not aware the affair had been with one of his students, a minor. After confronting him, they took some time talking about it and agreed to visit a marriage counselor. The woman didn't realize her husband had other plans until he tried to take her life. Amanda’s daughters were still at home at the time but they were not aware of what was happening between their parents.
In court, the mother of two described the macabre moment in which her husband slit her throat, reports WGHP. "He came out of the closet behind me, my head was tipped back resting on the back of the chair with my eyes closed. Standing behind me, he kissed my forehead and slit my throat from one side to the other." Besides the gash, she is also said to have suffered wounds to her hands as she tried to fight him off.
"He asked why I hadn't bled out yet. I was constantly praying to find a way to live," Amanda told the court. "I told him I was going to die very soon if he didn't do something and he would regret it the rest of his life."
The 32-year-old broke into tears in the courtroom after his wife gave a detailed report of what happened, the Daily Mail reports.
Amanda, who is a registered nurse, reportedly bled for about an hour before her husband agreed to get help for her. Reports indicate that ultimately, it was the abused teenager who convinced him to call.
During the investigation, it was learned that James, who was math teacher at Crestwood Middle School and had been with the district for approximately six years, began the affair with the 14-year-old girl in June 2016. It is reported that the two began exchanging texts and photos while the teacher was setting up for the affair.
As per the prosecutor, the young lady's mother stated that the teacher had brainwashed the girl, as well as tricked staff at his school. The mother said that James had taken advantage of an innocent child, whom she referred to as "vulnerable."
"He robbed our daughter of her innocence and childhood. And that is something that she can never get back," she wrote, reports the New York Post.
James apologized to the public before going to prison. "I failed… And I'm truly sorry about how I failed and hurt people I truly cared about," he said.
The judge, while agreeing that James likely does suffer from some mental malady, also said in court, "I don't buy the mental-health stuff," reports MLive.