- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A Buffalo woman who beat her boyfriend to death with a ceramic statue as he dozed off has been sentenced to 22 ½ years in prison.

Authorities say Debra Haynes-Thomas turned on all the burners of a gas stove and lit a candle after killing 56-year-old Peter Wiepert inside his home in the suburb of Cheektowaga in November. She was arrested a few days later at a Rochester-area hotel.

Haynes-Thomas was sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in March. She admits she struck Wiepert multiple times in the head with a 1-by-2-foot statue of a German shepherd as he was falling asleep after an argument.

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