Leominster Woman Gets Life in Boyfriend’s Slaying
WORCESTER -- Stephanie Cruz, the Leominster woman who pleaded guilty to stabbing her boyfriend to death in 2015, was sentenced Thursday life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Cruz, 31, will serve time for the murder of 37-year-old Cedric Taylor. Judge Judith Kenton-Walker decided that she will be eligible for parole in 22 years.
When police arrived Cruz’s Water Street apartment on June 10, 2015, they found Taylor on the floor of the living room with multiple stab wounds and in a pool of blood.
She told police that he came home after a night of drinking and “lunged at” her. Cruz locked herself in the bathroom and later got a knife from the kitchen to stab Taylor, Assistant District Attorney Brett Dillon said during a November hearing at Worcester Superior Court.
An autopsy found that Taylor was stabbed 21 times and died from sharp force injuries to the neck, head, torso, and upper extremities, Dillon said.
The stabbing happened hours after Taylor was released from jail for a domestic violence charge involving Cruz that was dropped because she failed to appear in District Court to testify, according to court documents.
Cruz, who is originally from Malden, is the mother of three children aged six, 11, and 12, including one whose father was Taylor.
She was initially charged with first-degree murder, but prosecutors reduced her charge to second-degree murder in exchange for a guilty plea in November. Cruz also waived her right to a trial.
The Leominster woman has been held without bail since the June 2015 slaying.
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