Daniel Efrem Fink pleaded guilty to murdering his estranged wife, a Flower Mound resident, and was sentenced to 50 years in prison May 28.
On Sept. 25, 2014, Flower Mound police arrested Daniel Fink, who was 41 at the time, and later charged him with murder after the shooting death of Aide Fink, who was 50.
Daniel Fink pleaded guilty and, as part of the plea, waived his right to an appeal.
“He didn’t want his children to have to testify,” said Earl Dobson, Daniel Fink’s attorney. “They were [at the scene] and potentially could have been called as witnesses. He also wanted to accept the responsibility and not go through a trial.”
Daniel Fink will have to serve 25 years before he is eligible for parole.
Police responded to a shots fired call about 12:20 a.m. Sept. 25 in the 3300 block of Heather Glen Drive, where Aide Fink lived with her three children ages 7 to 16.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Aide Fink was shot multiple times. She was transported to a local hospital, where she died.
The 16-year-old son told police that around midnight, Daniel Fink had arrived at the home. The son told police he heard his mother talking with Daniel Fink, first over the phone and later in person.
According to the affidavit, the son heard his mother scream, followed by shots being fired and the home alarm being activated. The son told police he then heard his father leave the house.
Police later located Daniel Fink, and during the interview, he stated that he had shot Aide Fink with a .380 pistol several times before leaving the house, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit stated Daniel Fink said he had thought about hurting Aide Fink previously. He also said he parked his car away from the home to avoid being noticed and put on latex gloves before entering the house. He said he threw the gloves away once he returned to the hotel he had been staying at in Irving.
The affidavit stated that police located the gloves at the hotel among other items, which collaborated the suspect's confession.
Police said there had been previous calls at the address, but there were no charges or criminal offenses. According to Denton County records, Daniel Fink and Aide Fink were scheduled for a divorce hearing later that day.
Daniel Fink worked for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) section of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.