Groton man admits killing estranged wife's boyfriend
Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:32:45 GMT — A 41-year-old upstate New York man has admitted stabbing his estranged wife's boyfriend to death during a domestic dispute. The Ithaca Journal reports that Dana Houghtling pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors who agreed to drop a murder charge. Houghtling told a Tompkins County judge he killed 31-year-old Jeff West in a rage last April because he believed West and his wife had taken his daughter from his Groton home without permission. Prosecutors said they agreed to a deal that will send Houghtling to prison for five to 25 years because of evidence he acted under extreme emotional disturbance. Sentencing is set for March 15.
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