A Trenton woman was sentenced to 17 years in prison recently after authorities say that she fatally stabbed her ex-boyfriend, then had his name and date of death fashioned into a tattoo, according to a recent NJ.com article.
The 40-year-old woman pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in early 2017 in connection to the death of her 33-year-old former boyfriend.
According to court documents, the two got into a fight at an East Trenton intersection. During the fight, the woman stabbed the man twice, in addition to slashing the tires on his vehicle.
She then stole $180 from the man, using some of that money to pay for a tattoo that contained the man’s name, his birth and death dates, and the letters “RIP.”
The woman was sentenced in Mercer County Superior Court. Her 17-year sentence in state prison includes five years of probation once she is released.
Murder is a crime in the first degree under New Jersey law, and a conviction can carry the severest possible penalties, including life in prison. Related charges include felony murder and manslaughter, both of which involve the death of one person at the hands of another.
Because first-degree murder, felony murder, and manslaughter are serious charges, the prosecution is required to prove a number of specific elements. In the case of first-degree murder, prosecutors must prove a specific intent to kill. In a felony murder, the State does not need to prove a specific intent to kill; if the death occurred during a felony crime, everyone involved may face charges of felony murder in addition to charges for the felony itself.
If you or someone you love is facing charges of murder or manslaughter, it is important to act at once. Speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer before you say a single word to police. Contact criminal defense attorney Jill R. Cohen today by calling 856-242-7177 to schedule a consultation.
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