An illegal immigrant killed his teenage wife in New York while he was free on bail awaiting deportation, police say.

Paul Amay, 25, is charged with second degree murder for allegedly strangling his 19-year-old wife Graciela "Gloria" Zhingri Amay outside her parents' Lake Secor home, then dragging her into the house and repeatedly stabbing her in the chest, the Journal News reported.

Zhingri's body was discovered about 3 a.m. on Christmas Eve.

Amay was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement in March after he’d served four months of a six-month sentence for driving with a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit with his then infant son unrestrained in the car, the Journal News reported. He was released on March 22 after posting bail.

But incarceration is nothing new for the native Ecuadorian. 

Amay had been arrested at least four other times for public drunkenness or disorderly conduct, and police had responded to several domestic disturbances between him and his wife prior to his last arrest, the Journal News reported.

An order of protection meant to keep him away from his wife expired in August.

Amay was scheduled to appear in court in late January for a hearing on whether he would be sent back to his native Ecuador.

Amay is now due in Carmel Town Court Wednesday to face the murder charge. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.

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