- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York woman who claimed she stabbed her boyfriend in self-defense has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for manslaughter.

Jennifer Marchant of North Tonawanda faced five to 25 years in prison after being found guilty in Niagara County Court in January.

The 24-year-old told police she stabbed 24-year-old Ralph Stone Jr. once in the chest last year because he was chasing her around their apartment in a drunken rage. Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said police detectives who investigated agreed that it was self-defense, but the jury rejected that claim.

Marchant’s attorney, Dominic Saraceno, said he was disadvantaged by New York’s law on self-defense, which requires a person to retreat unless facing deadly physical force.

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