Concord man gets 45 years to life for stabbing wife to death 

  • Nathalia Da Paixao Courtesy


  • Emerson Jaques Figueiredo

Monitor staff
Published: 1/12/2021 4:11:52 PM

A Concord man has been sentenced to 45 years to life in prison for stabbing his wife to death in front of their children and bystanders at a Concord apartment complex in July, 2019.

Emerson Figueiredo, 43, received his sentence at a hearing Tuesday. His defense attorney, John Bresaw, argued for a sentence of 25 years to life in state prison, while the state prosecutor, Jeffery Strelzin, argued for a sentence of 45 years to life. After considering the arguments of the parties and the evidence, Judge John Kissinger Jr. sided with the state and imposed a sentence of 45 years to life.

Figueiredo had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Nov. 6 for causing the death of his wife, Nathalia DaPaixao, 35, by stabbing. 

At the plea hearing in November,   Strelzin detailed the events that led to Da Paixao’s murder, based on testimony from the couple’s two children, neighbors and Concord police officers.

A week before he stabbed his wife to death at their Concord apartment complex, Figueiredo told his 12-year-old daughter that he loved his wife, but if she kept insulting him, “a person like that doesn’t need to live.”

The morning of her death, an argument between Figueiredo and Da Paixao began when the couple was discussing their plans for the day. Figueiredo was running late that morning, which caused the family to miss church. Then Da Paixao wanted to go to the beach while Figueiredo wanted to sleep, Strelzin said.

“The two children would testify that their parents had argued frequently in the past,” Strelzin told the judge. “And recently there had been a lot of arguments about money. The defendant was stressed over money, and the victim wanted more financial freedom.”

Later in the morning they argued again, wedding rings were thrown, and escalated to the point that Da Paixao said she and Figueiredo should get divorced.

“The children said they had never seen him so angry, and said something to the effect of, ‘You’re not going to ruin my life,’” Strelzin said.

Figueiredo attacked Da Paixao with one of her high-heeled shoes, and then grabbed a knife from the kitchen and began stabbing her.

The couple’s 12-year-old daughter tried to intervene and wasn’t able to stop the attack, but gave her mother enough time to flee the apartment. Figueiredo chased Da Paixao, pausing only to get a new knife from the kitchen, as the first one had broken.

Outside in the parking lot, Figueiredo caught up to Da Paixao and neighbor witnesses say he began stabbing her again, with such force that the second knife also broke. 

Neighbors and bystanders tried to help DaPaixao, who died later that day after being transported to Concord Hospital with seven stab wounds.

Concord police arrived on the scene at 11:55 a.m. and detained Figueiredo, who was charged with two counts of second-degree murder. 

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