Woman sentenced to 2½ to 5 years in boyfriend's 2009 death after conviction on lesser charge


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UNIONTOWN, Pennsylvania — A western Pennsylvania woman who had been serving a 20- to 40-year sentence in the stabbing death of her boyfriend has been sentenced to 2½ to five years following conviction on a lesser charge.

The state Superior Court last year vacated the third-degree murder conviction of 37-year-old Dayna McMaster of Brownsville. She was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Thursday's retrial.

The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard (http://bit.ly/1y1VoZL ) reports that she was sentenced to the maximum term on that count Friday.

McMaster acknowledged having killed Clarence Blair III with a hunting knife in June 2009 at a remote location near a Redstone Township gas well. But she said she was a battered woman acting in self-defense, and the appeals court said her attorney should have called witnesses to testify about the alleged abuse.

Information from: Herald-Standard, http://www.heraldstandard.com/

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