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      Groton man admits killing estranged wife's boyfriend

      Dana Houghtling

      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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