Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New City, NY: Woman gets 15 years in NY killing, arson

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A woman has admitted in court that she killed her ex-boyfriend and then set fire to his suburban New York apartment.

The Rockland County district attorney's office says 24-year-old Jodyann Hemmings of Manhattan pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter and arson.

The boyfriend, Jason Ognenoff (AHN'-yeh-nahf) was found dead in his Mount Ivy living room on Aug. 18, 2011, when firefighters arrived to put out a blaze. Prosecutors said Hemmings had struck him with a figurine and stabbed him with a steak knife.

She fled but was arrested six days later.

Hemmings was originally charged with murder but the charge was lowered after doctors found she had been suffering from extreme emotional disturbance. The district attorney said the plea bargain calls for a 15-year sentence.

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