SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A man convicted of trying to kill his estranged wife with a hammer in 2008 at her home near San Francisco’s Twin Peaks was sentenced Friday to 142 years to life in state prison, a district attorney’s spokesman said.

Steve Acosta, 59, used a hammer to attack Kimberly Celoni, on April 16, 2008, at her home on Glenview Drive, where he had also repeatedly threatened and vandalized her property in the days leading up to the assault, prosecutors said.

Celoni was left with permanent cognitive and physical injuries from the attack.

Acosta, who had two prior convictions for assault in 1974 and 1986, was convicted on Aug. 6 of 20 of the 22 charges filed against him in connection with the attack, acquitting him only of two of the criminal threat charges.

Because of the state’s three strikes law, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Jerome Benson handed down the lengthy sentence Friday, district attorney’s spokesman Seth Steward said.

Both Celoni and her daughter addressed the court at this morning’s sentencing hearing, Steward said.

Acosta’s defense attorney, Floyd Andrews, said following the conviction in August that his client was a recovering addict who began using drugs again after having back surgery and getting painkillers.

He and Celoni had been married for 11 years, but after using drugs again, he began accusing her of having affairs, even one with a man who had been dead for years, Andrews said.

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Comments (2)
  1. h says:

    The DEA have been stealing drugs from evidence lockup and reselling them. It has become a popular way in the Department of Justice’s DEA to make extra money.
    They also steal from suspects for which they have created fabricated or coerced heresay evidence.
    With some of the DEA suffering under mountains of credit card debt they have started to think outside the box.

  2. Little Boo says:

    Kinda creepy having an affair with a dead man, wouldn’t you think? LOL

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