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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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