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Woman sentenced to prison for stabbing ex-lover

February 21, 2019 GMT

KINGMAN — A Henderson, Nevada, woman has been given a 3 1/2-year prison term for stabbing an estranged boyfriend in Bullhead City.

The defendant’s relatives informed the court that Kaley Mansfield, 24, endured years of abuse before she lashed out last October.

Authorities said Mansfield committed a surprise attack upon the 57-year-old man, pulling a kitchen knife from her purse and stabbing him multiple times at his residence in the 1200 block of Arcadia Boulevard. Her mother and grandmother told Mohave County Superior Court Judge Derek Carlisle that the stabbing victim was 51 when he met a then-17-year old Mansfield when they attended Narcotics Anonymous meetings for their drug addiction.

Mansfield’s mother said the man “groomed” her daughter and abused her during a “toxic relationship” that culminated in violence.

“She just snapped and that’s what happened,” defense attorney Scott Green told Carlisle during Wednesday’s sentencing hearing in Kingman. “She’s sorry that this happened.”

Mansfield did not address the court when provided opportunity. Involved attorneys and Carlisle agreed that drug abuse and addiction are Mansfield’s biggest problems, coupled with mental health issues.

Carlisle opted for the lower end of punishment as the plea agreement convicting Mansfield of aggravated assault allowed him to impose a nearly nine-year sentence.