Kenneth Manzanares Bio, Wiki
Kenneth Manzanares is a 43-year-old Utah man recently sentenced to 30 years behind bars for murdering his wife on a cruise ship was found dead in his Alaskan prison cell last week, authorities said. He was found unresponsive at about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau and pronounced dead shortly after, according to the Alaska Department of Corrections.
Authorities did not reveal Manzanares’ cause of death but said foul play is not suspected. COVID-19 was also not a factor, authorities said.
Kenneth Manzanares was sentenced to second-degree murder
Manzanares was sentenced in early June 2021 after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for fatally beating his wife, Kristy Manzanares, on the Emerald Princess in 2017 in front of two of his daughters. The former couple were in their cabin on the second night of the family trip when Kristy said she wanted a divorce and asked her husband to get off the ship in Juneau and go back home, prosecutors have said.
After ordering the children into an adjoining room with relatives, the father was seen by the daughters repeatedly punching the mother of three in the head. Family members called security and then saw Kenneth drag Kristy’s body toward the balcony, and intervened.
Kristy could not be resuscitated by ship emergency workers, officials said. Her death was ruled a homicide by blunt force trauma to her head and face, and her husband was arrested at the port the next day.
He was sentenced to 30 years in prison last month after pleading guilty to murder earlier this year. Prosecutors said Manzanares became upset with his wife when she told him she wanted a divorce. Affidavits filed in federal court said Manzanares became enraged with his wife because she would not stop laughing at him.
Witnesses told investigators that they had to grab Kristy Manzanares’ body to prevent Kenneth from throwing her overboard.
At the time of the murder, friends and neighbors of the Manzanares family told 2News that they had not seen any signs of violence in their relationship.