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Woman sentenced for killing boyfriend with fireplace poker

Eileen Leone, convicted of fatally beating her boyfriend with a fireplace poker, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison with no chance for parole. (Atlantic County Department of Public Safety)

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP/WKRC) - A New Jersey woman convicted of fatally beating her boyfriend with a fireplace poker has been sentenced to 30 years in prison with no chance for parole.

Atlantic County prosecutors say Eileen Leone was sentenced Friday, Mar. 3.

The 46-year-old Margate woman was convicted of murder in January. Prosecutors have said she attacked 32-year-old Darius Smith from behind in the Egg Harbor Township home where they lived with their 4-year-old child.

Prosecutors say the June 2006 attack came after the couple had been arguing all day. They say Leone repeatedly struck Smith from behind as he sat on a couch.

An autopsy determined Smith died from blunt-force trauma to the head.

Leone had claimed that an unknown person or group entered the house and attacked Smith.

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