- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York woman faces 25 years in jail for killing her boyfriend with a ceramic statue.

Debra Haynes-Thomas of Buffalo pleaded guilty to manslaughter Thursday in the death of 56-year-old Peter Wiepert in his home in the suburb of Cheektowaga.

Investigators say the 48-year-old woman admits to striking 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 in November. Police found his body in his bed.

Haynes-Thomas was arrested a few days later at a Rochester-area hotel. She’s scheduled to be sentenced in May.

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