A Winnipeg woman has been handed a nine year prison sentence for killing her off-and-on girlfriend after years of domestic abuse.
Shayla Woodford, 24, was convicted of manslaughter last month for the fatal stabbing of Samantha Anderson, 24, on December 2nd, 2012.
“The relationship was marred by drinking, jealousy, and violence,” said Queen’s Bench Justice Shawn Greenberg during sentencing on Friday.
Woodford’s lawyer asked for a six year sentence, while the Crown fought for a 10 year term.
Court heard of a relationship that featured at least two assault charges against Woodford over the four year relationship. One in 2009 and another in 2010.
Woodford, who was on bail at the time of the killing, was ordered to stay away from Anderson and not to consume alcohol.
On the night of killing, Woodford was actually living with Anderson. The two were having drinks with Anderson’s sisters when an argument erupted into a violent fight. A single stab wound to the heart killed Anderson. Woodford defended her actions by arguing she acted in self defence, but Judge Greenberg rejected that attempt.
Woodford has been in custody since the stabbing and will only serve another four years.