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A Buffalo man pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree manslaughter for fatally beating his wife in March in their Kensington-Bailey neighborhood home.

Antoine Mattox, 32, of Andover Avenue, faces up to 25 years in prison when sentenced Dec. 2 by Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio, according to District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Mattox had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Nedra E. Thomas-Mattox, 38, his wife of 10 years.

Mattox was arrested at a Rochester bus terminal hours after the couple’s landlord found her body in their home March 11. Police believed he was returning to Virginia, where the couple once lived and where he had relatives.

An autopsy revealed Thomas-Mattox died of blunt-force trauma. Police said Mattox beat her with his fists and an iron and also kicked her.