Minneapolis man pleads guilty to strangling wife with phone cord

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MINNEAPOLIS A Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to strangling his wife with a phone cord.

Tony Le, 57, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with intent on Thursday. He's scheduled to be sentenced on Saturday.

According to the charges against him, Le said he and his 48-year-old wife, My Huong Huynh Truong, had been together for 20 years and were "going through some difficult times."

On Sept. 25, 2017, Le testified that his wife came home between 3 and 4 a.m. and told him she'd been at a party, she had a new boyfriend, and she was going to leave him. Le said he became angry and jealous, according to prosecutors.

When his wife was in the bathroom, prosecutors say he strangled her with a cell phone cord. He then went to his sister's house and confessed, called police, and confessed to them as well.

Le's attorney said they had planned to use a heat of passion defense, but Le decided to plead guilty to "provide some relief to his family."