- Associated Press - Saturday, October 15, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - An appeals court has rejected a suburban Philadelphia woman’s challenge to her prison sentence in the shooting death of her police officer boyfriend that she initially blamed on a dog.

PennLive.com (https://bit.ly/2e9NYQS ) reports that the Superior Court panel last week upheld the 18- to 36-year term imposed on 29-year-old Tyaina Finch.

Finch argued that the court refused to pay for a pre-sentence psychiatric evaluation, but the higher court said an evaluation had already been done.

Finch pleaded guilty in Delaware County to third-degree murder in the March 2015 shooting of 26-year-old Mark Hudson, a part-time Darby officer and volunteer firefighter.

Authorities said Finch told emergency responders that Hudson had been shot accidentally by a dog carrying his service weapon, but later said she shot him after he threatened her.

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Information from: Pennlive.com, https://www.pennlive.com

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