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Medford woman pleads guilty to stabbing husband, sentenced to 10 to 12 years

Posted by Jarret Bencks  March 25, 2013 04:31 PM

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A Medford woman has pleaded guilty to stabbing her husband to death with a kitchen knife in a heated argument in 2011, according to the Middlesex district attorney's office.

Shawntina Burston, 40, pleaded guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in Middlesex County Superior Court Monday and was sentenced to 10 to 12 years in state prison, according to a statement from Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone.

Burston stabbed her husband, Troy, on January 31, 2011 in an argument in which she tore off his shirt and discovered a hickey on his chest, according to a police report filed the day after the killing. After being stabbed, he stumbled outside their 108 Exchange Ave. home, where police found him severely bloodied, lying in a snowbank, the report said.

The couple's two children slept upstairs during the incident, according to police.

“This is tragic case of domestic violence turned fatal, where the victim was stabbed to death by his wife following an argument,” Leone said in a statement. “With today’s plea, the defendant admitted responsibility for her actions that caused the death of the victim.  Our thoughts remain with the victim as well as the couple’s two young children.”

Burston was arrested the night of the stabbing, and initially arraigned the following day. She was indicted by a grand jury on March 29, 2011. Superior Court Judge Peter Lauriat accepted Burston's guilty plea and handed down the prison sentence Monday.

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