Woman sentenced for killing boyfriend with fireplace poker
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.