- 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.

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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