- Associated Press - Friday, February 10, 2017

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A jury has convicted a 60-year-old Peabody man of voluntary manslaughter after he stabbed his girlfriend to death.

The Salem News reports (https://bit.ly/2kcYvBz) the jury handed down the verdict against Brandon Hoar on Friday after about seven hours of deliberations over two days in Salem Superior Court.

Hoar admitted to stabbing 55-year-old Cheryl Young to death in 2015, but maintained he did it to protect her 5-year-old granddaughter.

Young was found stabbed multiple times in the couple’s living room while her granddaughter was in an upstairs room.

Hoar testified that Young had bipolar disorder and had threatened to kill the child. But the now-7-year-old granddaughter also testified saying Hoar was “making that up.”

Hoar is to be sentenced Feb. 23. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, https://www.salemnews.com


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