Aklavik man gets six years in jail for killing wife

May Elanik and Frank Elanik Jr. are together in this undated Facebook photo

An Aklavik man has been sentenced to six years in custody for killing his wife.

40-year-old Frank Elanik Jr. was sentenced Tuesday in Aklavik for the beating death of his partner May Elanik three years ago.

She was found badly hurt on a snowmobile trail on the edge of the community and died later in hospital in Edmonton.

Court heard that they had been drinking at a party together not long before the attack.

In a plea deal that didn’t go over too well with the victim’s family, Elanik was allowed to plead guilty to manslaughter after originally being charged with second degree murder.

He had been convicted three times previously for assaulting his wife.

He reportedly apoligized to her family and the community before being sentenced.

Taking into accoint his pre-trial custody, Elanik will have 28 months left to serve.

It is not clear where he will serve out his sentence.

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