- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania woman who had been serving a 20- to 40-year sentence for stabbing her boyfriend five years ago could be released soon after being convicted of a lesser crime in his death.

The state Superior Court last year vacated the third-degree murder conviction of 37-year-old Dayna McMaster of Brownsville. She was convicted Thursday at her retrial of involuntary manslaughter, which carries a maximum term of 2½ to 5 years.

McMaster acknowledges killing Clarence Blair III with a hunting knife in June 2009 at a remote location near a gas well in Redstone Township.

But she claims to have been a battered woman acting in self-defense, and the appeals court ruled her attorney should have called trial witnesses to testify about that alleged abuse. The jury that convicted her of the lesser charge heard that evidence this week.

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