Astoria resident Jordan Hawes pleaded guilty to the murder of his wife, Tara Hawes, and received 25 years in prison.
Jordan, 32, admitted that on the night of Jan. 31 he beat his wife repeatedly in the head with a baseball bat while she slept, the DA's office told The Queens Chronicle.
Jordan's parents discovered Tara's body still in bed in the couple's home Feb. 2 and a warrant was issued for Jordan the next day.
He was apprehended by Connecticut State Police Feb. 4 after leaving town following the murder. After the arrest, he was charged with second-degree murder and several counts of larceny and possession of stolen property in Connecticut and Queens.
A note found in the couple's home said, Where to begin. My life has been great most of the time. I was raised perfectly by my mom and dad. I don't know what happened last night, but my life is destroyed. I killed my best friend.
District Attorney Richard Brown told The Queens Chronicle Jordan's swift guilty plea and his 25-year sentence are a measure of justice for the victim's family.
Her family will not have to sit through a trial and listen to the details of her suffering, he said.