Manistee woman to spend up to 25 years in prison for stabbing death of husband.

May 14, 2018

Jeneva Schaub, left, with her defense attorney, Janet Mistele. Photo used by permission from 7&4 News.

Manistee woman to spend up to 25 years in prison for stabbing death of husband.

Portions of this story are used by permission from UpNorthLive.com/7&4 News.

MANISTEE  — Jeneva Schaub, 46, was sentenced today, Monday, May 14, 2018, to 12 to 25 years in prison today in 19th Circuit Court for the stabbing death of her 51-year-old husband, Bruce Schaub. On March 20, 2018, Jeveva Schaub pleaded no contest to the charges, and accepted a plea agreement with the Manistee County Prosecutor’s Office. A no contest plea does not admit guilt but is treated as a guilty plea at sentencing.

As part of the plea deal, her initial felony charge of open murder was dropped.

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“On Aug. 8, 2017 at approximately 5:18 a.m., the Manistee City Police Department along with the Manistee City Fire Medic 5 were dispatched to the 300 block of Fourth Street on a report of an assault involving a 51-year-old stabbing victim,” a press release from the Manistee Police Department stated on Aug. 9, 2017. “Life-saving efforts began on the victim. A short time later, the victim was pronounced deceased at Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital. The 46-year-old female suspect of Manistee is currently in custody.”

During a March 20, 2018 hearing, Judge David A. Thompson read transcripts from police officers’ statements on what Schaub told them happened.

“She said ‘I was just done, I had enough and I grabbed a– it was not premeditated it was not planned it just happened’,” Judge Thompson said.

Further court documents say Bruce Schaub died from a stab wound to his chest.

Schaub’s attorney, Janet Mistele, said she had been under the influence of alcohol and had taken an unknown amount of tequila shots the night of Bruce’s death.

“There were a lot of arguments between the couple and it all came to a head the night Bruce died,” said Janet Mistele, Schaub’s attorney, according to UpNorthLive.com. “This certainly was not something that was intended or planned.”

In court, Schaub admitted to telling the couple’s ten-year-old son to call 911.

“As a 10-year-old boy, what he witnessed that evening and the steps he was required to take, his life has been forever changed,” Judge Thompson said.

“If this case were to proceed to trial, there is a young child that would be required to testify,” Manistee County Prosecuting Attorney Jason Haag had said during the March 20 proceedings. “Obviously it’s no one’s preference to make the child testify.”

Members of the victim’s family read impact statements during Monday’s sentencing.

“Bruce was dealt a death sentence that he did not deserve and now the family is serving life without him,” a family member said.

“There is no sentence harsh enough to justify her cruel and selfish act of violence that has dealt my family a life sentence without Bruce,” another family member said.

Prosecutor Haag also read a letter from Bruce’s 25-year-old daughter:

“I grieve for the happy family memories that have been tarnished by such a disturbing experience. I feel the pain of the two children ripped from their home never to see their father again, left with the trauma of their mother’s violent and bloody act.”

“I failed my husband because I knew I was losing him right then and there, I failed our children as well,” Schaub pleaded. “I’m so sorry.”

Schaub is eligible for parole once her minimum sentence is served.