PONTIAC, Mich. -

It was an emotional day in court Thursday as a Southfield father found guilty of killing his wife last year was sentenced to prison. 

Rahim Lockridge, 39, was sentenced to 8to 15 years in prison for the 2011 murder of his wife Kenyatta.  Before he learned his fate Lockridge pleaded for forgiveness. 

"I ask for everyone in the courtroom that’s listening to me to forgive me for what I’ve done because it was not my intention," said Lockridge.

About the case

In September 2011, Lockridge and his wife got into a heated argument over money at their Southfield home.  A verbal fight turned physical.  The father of 3 placed his wife of nearly 13 years in a headlock.  She stopped breathing and died.  Their children saw it all.  With Kenyatta’s grieving mother by her side the prosecutor read a statement on her behalf. 

"Maybe one day I can find it in my heart to forgive you for what you’ve taken away from all of us. But right now I have to get through my grief, read Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Heather Brown. Now three children cope with the lost of both parents.

"She will always have the fact that she watched her father kill her mother. I can only hope at some point that all three of the daughters understand that there are good men on out there who never lay a hand, never raise a hand to the person they love," said Oakland County Judge, Nanci Grant.

Read: 3 Sisters Testify In Father's Murder Trial

Lockridge says he was trying to protect himself

Lockridge maintains he never intended to kill his wife, he says he was only trying to defend himself.  Prosecutors pursued a first degree murder charge but Lockridge was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

He plans to appeal the judge’s decision.

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