- Associated Press - Monday, June 12, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah woman will be paroled after serving 10 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend during an argument about a pagan ceremony.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2smjRjs) 44-year-old Monika Dilmaghanian has been granted a Nov. 11 parole date. She was serving up to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder in the 2007 killing of 24-year-old Nathan Harris at a campground near Ogden.

The decision comes after she told the state parole board she’s been sober more than a decade and is a different person now.

She told arresting officers she stabbed Harris as her young children watched during an argument over a knife “cleansing ceremony.”

Her lawyer said in 2007 she agreed to a plea deal for murder because she didn’t want her children to have to testify.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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