- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan woman who faced a murder charge has been convicted of a lesser manslaughter charge in the stabbing death of her boyfriend.

A Kent County jury declared Kenyia Townsend guilty of voluntary manslaughter following more than six hours of deliberation on Thursday. She faces up to 15 years in prison in the May killing of Rasheed Bryant in Grand Rapids.

The verdict came after a three-day trial in which Townsend said Bryant had abused her. Townsend says she wanted to end the abuse but didn’t intend to kill Bryant.

A prosecutor tells Townsend’s family she will likely receive a minimum sentence of between 19 and 38 months. She will be sentenced in November.


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