‘He kissed my forehead and slit my throat’: Teacher’s wife describes the moment her husband put a knife to her neck and tried to kill her after she discovered he was having sex with a 14-year-old student
After Amanda, 33, discovered her husband James Philip Chelekis was having an affair with a minor he attempted to kill at their home in Grand Rapids, MI, on June 27
The 32-year-old math teacher at Kentwood’s Crestswood Middle School was involved with a 14-year-old student
Chelekis, left his wife Amanda to die after he slashed her throat
He was convicted after he pled guilty to attempted murder and two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct against a child.
He was sentenced to spend 30 to 60 years in prison
A registered nurse, she managed to contain her bleeding for at least 55 minutes though she suffered serious injuries to her hand fighting off the attack
Amanda was saved because James immediately his student lover as his wife lay dying, the teen persuaded him to call paramedics and his wife lived
The couple had been married 10 years and shared two daughters, however Amanda has since divorced James and goes by a different name
A Michigan slammed former middle school teacher James Chelekis [right], who tried to kill his wife after she found out he was having sex with 14-year-old female student with a 30 to 60 year prison sentence.
James Philip Chelekis, 32, broke town in tears as he was given the lengthy sentence after his ex-wife, Amanda, described the horrific attack in court.
Amanda who shares two children with the defendant described how he came up behind her, kissed her forehead and slit her throat after she confronted him about his sexual relationship with the middle school child.
She added that after he cut her throat, her husband then proceeded to read her Bible verses and called the underage girl with whom he was having an illicit affair, as she lay there bleeding out.
James and Amanda Chelekis had two daughters aged two and five. James has been sentenced to between 30 to 60 years in prison for the murder attempt on his wife
Ironically it was the teenager who persuaded him into calling for Emergency help, some 55 minutes after the attack at their Grand Rapids home on June 27.
The defendant’s now ex-wife said he told her he would wait for her to die, but as a nurse, she knew what veins to try to clamp with her hand. She forced herself to survive for her two young daughters, she said.
Chelekis earlier pled no contest to assault with intent to murder. He also pleaded guilty to two charges of first-degree criminal-sexual conduct for the sexual relationship with a student.
Weeping time: James Chelekis, stands next to his attorney, Shawn Perry, as his ex-wife Amanda, testifies how he stood behind, kissed her on the forehead and then slit her throat after she confronted him about his affair with a 14-year-old student
‘He came out of the closet behind me, my head was tipped back resting on the back of the chair with my eyes closed. Standing behind me, he kissed my forehead and slit my throat from one side to the other,’ said Amanda, who had since divorced the assailant who and now goes by another name.
Amanda grabbed the knife in a defensive mode, cutting her hands badly. She had a gaping wound on her neck as the pair struggled on the floor. She knew she was close to dying.
‘At one point, he laid next to me, and said, “This is the end,”‘ she said.
‘He went from being a good person in a good marriage to attempting to murder me to cover this relationship with the student up.’
Chelekis claimed that during an argument with his 33-year-old wife he grabbed a knife to protect himself and she fell on the blade.
MLive reports investigators said Amanda had defensive injuries on her hands ,consistent with her fending off an attack. Her training as a nurse Amanda said, taught her to position her head so that the blood did not fill her airways.
‘He asked why I hadn’t bled out yet. I was constantly praying to find a way to live,’ Amanda told the court. ‘I told him I was going to die very soon if he didn’t do something and he would regret it the rest of his life.’
Amanda, ex-wife of James Chelekis, [remaining anon], told the court that she gave herself medical care to contain the bleeding for at least 55 minutes before her husband called for help. Her picture is cropped as wishes to maintain her privacy. She has since divorced James Chelekis and goes by another name
Father-of-two Chelekis [right], had been having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old middle school student and cut his wife’s throat with a knife. He is pictured with his ex-wife and the family pooch
The former teacher has been sentenced to between 30 to 60 years in prison for the horrifying attack .
The couple had two daughters aged two and five. The couple’s two daughters were home at the time of the attack, but were not aware of what happened.
During a police investigation into the stabbing, authorities learned that Chelekis had a sexual relationship with a female student.
Chelekis admitted to the sexual relationship with the 14-year-old student while he was a math teacher at Kentwood’s Crestswood Middle School
Chelekis admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student while he was a math teacher at Kentwood’s Crestswood Middle School [photo]
The former Crestswood Middle School math teacher had been with the district for about six years according to The Detroit Free Press.
The victim, who was 14 at the time, told detectives that the tryst went on for a year and a half and investigators also found text message and photos confirming the relationship.
On Tuesday, Amanda faced her ex-husband in court where he had previously pleaded guilty to attempted murder and two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct against a child.
‘Someday when it is developmentally appropriate, I have to tell my children their father is not with us because he tried to kill me,’ Amanda said as her husband wept a few feet away.
James Chekelis and his wife at home. The judge went above sentencing guidelines in order to give him an even harsher penalty
Police said when they arrived to the couple’s home Amanda Chekelis’ throat had been sliced and she had defensive wounds on her hands
The mother of the 14-year-old girl with whom he had been having a relationship with for the better part of a year wrote a letter to the court which was read aloud.
‘He was successful at fooling colleagues, school officials and many other adults, including my husband and me, so I’m not surprised how he was able to brainwash our impressionable and vulnerable child as well,’ the mother wrote.
Chelekis’s attorney said that her client’s actions were the result of untreated mental illness but the judge didn’t buy it reports WOOD-TV.
‘You…did want her to die, you expected her to die, you wondered why it was taking so long to die,’ said Kent County Circuit Court Judge Paul Sullivan.
‘If there ever is a case for exceeding (sentencing) guidelines, I think this is it,’ he said.
Before being led away to prison, Chelekis offered an apology.
‘I failed… And I’m truly sorry about how I failed and hurt people I truly cared about,’ he said.