Greg Harris was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday in the 2009 stabbing death of his wife, lawyer Chiquita Tate, in her downtown Baton Rouge office.

Harris, 40, of Baker, was convicted April 9 of manslaughter in the Feb. 20, 2009, slaying of Tate, 34. He stood trial on a second-degree murder charge.

Harris was accused of stabbing Tate several dozen times in her third-floor office at the State National Life Building on Third Street where it intersects with Florida Street.

Tate’s body was found the morning of Feb. 20, 2009, after Harris called 911 and flagged down a police officer on patrol.

Harris told police he went to the building to check on his wife after she did not come home from work the night before.

Prosecutor Prem Burns argued to the jury that Tate did not come home from the office that night because Harris killed Tate there, putting an end to what she called the couple’s “very short troubled marriage.’’

The couple married in February 2008.