- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A 27-year-old Lawrence woman has been sentenced to about five years in prison for the stabbing death of her boyfriend.

Marci Deshayna Cully pleaded no contest in June to voluntary manslaughter in the Christmas 2013 stabbing death of 33-year-old Wayne Francisco.

During a preliminary hearing, investigators testified that Cully told them she stabbed Francisco twice after he threatened her and threw a chair at her and tried to swing it again.

Cully was sentenced Friday.

In addition to the 59-month prison sentence, Cully also has to pay Francisco’s family about $3,500 for his burial expenses. She’ll also have to register as a violent offender for 15 years after she’s released from prison.


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