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EX-GETZVILLE DENTIST GUILTY IN FATAL KNIFING OF HUSBAND

A former resident of Getzville, N.Y., was convicted today of voluntary manslaughter for stabbing her husband to death last year after he fell asleep as she was discussing their troubled marriage.

Alpna Patel, 28, a dentist, was found guilty Monday in the March 24, 1999, death of Viresh Patel, 26, a physician, at his apartment in Baltimore.

At the time of the fatal attack, she was working at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo as part of a yearlong dental residency program administered by the University at Buffalo and was living with her husband's parents in Getzville.

Her husband, a UB Medical School graduate, was a surgical resident at a Baltimore hospital and was to have returned to UB for his residency in orthopedic surgery.

This was Patel's second trial in the killing. In February, jurors acquitted her of first-degree murder but were deadlocked on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Judge John Prevas ruled that Patel could not be retried on the murder charge but only on manslaughter.

She faces up to 10 years in prison at her sentencing Oct. 24.

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