A woman who stabbed her boyfriend to death after a day of drinking in summer of 2016 received a prison sentence Wednesday of two to six years.
Veronica Reynolds, 43, who originally was charged with murder, was found guilty of manslaughter in October by Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio in a nonjury trial. Reynolds stabbed Brian Smith, 59, at least 10 times on July 6, 2016, as he was heading to bed in the Mohr Street cottage they shared. Smith’s brother, Timothy Washington, was also in the house at the time and was stabbed in the leg when he tried to get the knife from Reynolds.
Reynolds was sentenced to one year in prison for the assault on Washington, to run consecutive to the manslaughter sentence.
The maximum penalty she faced on the conviction was an indeterminate 5 to 15 years.
Assistant District Attorney John P. Feroleto asked the judge to consider the maximum.
Feroleto told of the impact Smith’s death had on his family, especially on Washington, who held his dying brother in his arms that night. He also said the prosecution disagreed with defense attorney Jessica Kulpit's contention that Reynolds had a history of being abused by Smith.
The judge agreed with the defense.
“There definitely is a domestic violence component to this case which this court cannot ignore,” DiTullio said.
Before sentencing, Reynolds expressed remorse.
“I never meant to hurt Brian. Ever since that night a part of me no longer exists,” she said.
She also spoke of her children, saying, "You know my actions here today are not who I am. I still don't know how I'm going to live with myself."