Published: Feb 07, 2013 3:25 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for beating his wife to death.
    
A Hillsborough County judge sentenced 46-year-old Lawrence Dickey on Thursday. A jury convicted him of second-degree murder in December. The judge could have given Dickey a life sentence.
    
Prosecutors say Lawrence and his wife, 44-year-old Beatrice Dickey, had been fighting over his excessive drinking during a Tampa Journey concert in September 2011. After she went to bed at their Plant City home, Lawrence Dickey struck his wife with an aluminum baseball bat.
    
Dickey testified during his trial that he was intoxicated and couldn't remember the attack.

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