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Town of Tonawanda Police charge husband with suspicious death

Jose Ruiz Jr., 50, has been charged in connection with the death of his wife Mavilie Ruiz, 59.

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. — Town of Tonawanda Police have charged a man in connection to a suspicious death, which happened Monday night.

Officers were called out to 41 Tillotson Place Monday evening to check on the welfare of a person there. When officers arrived, they discovered a deceased person. No one else was in the home. 

Jose Ruiz Jr., 50, has been charged in connection with the death of his wife Mavilie Ruiz, 59. A representative with the Erie County District Attorney's Office confirmed the victim was strangled. 

Jose Ruiz Jr. has been charged with manslaughter and was arraigned Tuesday night in the Town of Tonawanda court. If convicted, Ruiz Jr. faces up to 25 years in prison. Another court date has been scheduled for December 16th, 2019. 

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