Montgomery County

Man Sentenced to Life in Prison in Murder of Pregnant Girlfriend

A man has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison in the fatal stabbing his pregnant girlfriend.

Thierry Kinshala Nkusu, 33, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In April of 2016, Nkusu killed 36-year-old Maria Veronica Mbunga, who was 5 months pregnant at the time.

"There's a blood trail in the crime scene that showed she struggled from the bathroom to the bedroom to the living room, trying to make her escape," said Montgomery County State's Attorney's spokesman Ramon Korionoff.

Takoma Park arrested Nkusu a day after Mbunga was found suffering from multiple stab wounds inside her Houston Avenue apartment.

Police said they found Nkusu by an elevator near the lobby; he also had a stab wound.

He was taken to the hospital along with Mbunga, but police soon learned his wound was superficial and did not match the story he told officers. Nkusu was later transported from the hospital and taken into custody. 

Mbunga and her unborn child died at the hospital. 

Mbunga worked for the Montgomery County Public School Transportation System as a bus driver.

To find resources for domestic violence victims, visit NBC Washington's Safe at Home page.

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