A Salvadoran court on Tuesday sentenced Manuel Antonio Bermudez Molina to 40 years behind bars for the crime of "aggravated femicide" against his wife, whom he set on fire last June.

The Salvadoran judicial system said in a communique that on June 12, 2013, Bermudez Molina, 48, who was apparently drunk, tied his wife, Silvia Rivera, to a chair, then "sprinkled fuel on her and ... set her on fire."

The crime was carried out at the couple's home, located on the outskirts of San Salvador.

Rivera, 37, died of severe burns 11 days afterwards in the state-run Rosales Hospital in the capital.

The mother and two children of the victim confirmed during the trial that Rivera was "abused" by Bermudez Molina during the 11 years they were together.

One of the doctors who attended her after the attack confirmed at the trial that Rivera suffered second degree burns over 95 percent of her body.

Last year, through Dec. 15, at least 210 women were murdered in El Salvador, 110 fewer than in 2012, according to figures compiled by the Salvadoran police. EFE