Man Gets 15-30 Years for Pushing Girlfriend Down Stairs

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013  |  Updated 8:25 AM EDT
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Man Gets 15-30 Years for Pushing Girlfriend Down Stairs

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A central Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison in the death of his live-in girlfriend who prosecutors said was pushed down a stairwell during an alcohol-fueled argument.

The (Lancaster) Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reported 34-year-old Shane Sigman apologized Monday in Lancaster County Court, saying he “never meant for anyone to get hurt.”

I'm truly sorry," Sigman said. "I will remember for the rest of my life."

Sigman pleaded guilty in July to third-degree murder in the August 2012 death of 42-year-old Virginia Cole in the couple's Providence Township home.

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Defense attorney Robert Reese said his client acted in a brief moment of anger that unfortunately occurred at the top of the steps.

Judge James Cullen told the defendant that he would be “an extremely dangerous individual” until he got his alcohol problem under control.

According to the paper, Cullen noted in court that Sigman’s blood alcohol level was around .137 after the killing.

 


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