- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania woman has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend 2½ years ago.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader (https://bit.ly/QFAsrP ) reports that a 30-year-old Jessica Alinsky of Shenandoah entered the plea Wednesday in Luzerne County Court.

Alinsky had originally said that 34-year-old Matthew Gailie shot himself in the face during a September 2011 dispute at their Hazle Township home. Prosecutors alleged that she tried to stage the scene as a suicide.

She was charged with homicide and evidence-tampering following an inquest.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice reported that Alinsky tearfully said while leaving court “I would never hurt him. Time will tell and the truth will come out.”

She could face a maximum term of 40 years when she is sentenced next month.

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Information from: Times Leader, https://www.timesleader.com

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