A judge says he took pleas for leniency from the mother of the victim into account in sentencing a woman in the shooting death of her boyfriend last summer.
The Erie Times-News reports that Erie County Judge Shad Connelly sentenced 29-year-old Kristina Mae Allen on Wednesday to seven to 15 years in state prison.
The term was in the mitigated range for Allen's third-degree murder and assault conviction in the August death of 27-year-old Dean Haggerty after an argument in the couple's mobile home in Summit Township.
Angel Haggerty told the judge that alcohol killed her son and Allen “just pulled the trigger.”
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Connelly said her comments moved him and agreed that the victim “was severely intoxicated.” He also cited Allen's remorse and lack of a prior record.