- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A man convicted of fatally stabbing a Beckley dancer will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Media outlets report that a Raleigh County jury deliberated less than 40 minutes before finding 33-year-old Jeremy Lambert of first-degree murder. The jury recommended life without mercy, meaning Lambert has no chance for parole.

Lambert was sentenced following the verdict Friday in Raleigh County Circuit Court.

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Prosecutors say Lambert stabbed his girlfriend, 25-year-old Cyan Maroney, 23 times at her Beckley home on Oct. 2, 2011.

Maroney was a dancer with the West Virginia Dance Company. She previously had danced for Theatre West Virginia and Trillium Performing Arts.

Defense lawyers said Lambert suffered from post-traumatic stress order after he was deployed to Kuwait.

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