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No prison time for Boardman mom who fatally stabbed boyfriend

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A Boardman woman who stabbed her boyfriend to death will serve no jail time.

Twenty-nine-year old Tequila Haskins pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter, in the death of boyfriend, 28-year-old Brian Tubbs. But what makes this case unusual is that the victim's family stood in support of the defendant as she was sentenced in Mahoning County Court.

Haskins told Judge James Evans, "I never thought this would happen. I always thought I would be the one to die at Brian's hands."

The Boardman woman says she was in a fight for her life when she stabbed her boyfriend to death in their Boardman home. Prosecutors say it happened after the mother of two found Tubbs in bed with another woman.

As Haskins prepared to be sentenced, she described an alleged pattern of abuse she suffered at the hands of Tubbs that led to the deadly confrontation.

"What was so unbelievable was that this was the first time that I tried to actually defend myself. But something tragic happened. I never intended for Brian to die. But I knew that I wanted to live," Haskins said.

Haskins told the court she was beaten almost daily by Tubbs, who she alleges also abused her sexually and psychologically and in an unusual move, the victim's own family members asked for mercy on Haskins, not wanting her to go to prison.

Attorney Dennis DiMartino, who represents Haskins, said, "And I never, never had a case involving a crime of this magnitude or even any felony where I've had contact with and support of and love and prayer from the family of the victim. I think that kind of speaks volumes."

Judge James Evans sentenced Haskins to five-years probation. She's also ordered to perform 500 hours of community service by speaking about battered women. She must also obtain her GED.

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