Brick woman sentenced to four years for manslaughter in death of fiancé
A Brick Township woman who previously plead guilty to Reckless Manslaughter has been sentenced to four years in prison for her role in the death of her fiancé in September of 2019, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced on Thursday.
Ciara Williams, 28, stabbed her fiance Dennis Power, 35, in the chest during an argument at their home.
She then brought him to the hospital and left him out front where hospital staff brought him in, tired to revive Power who was unconscious at the time but breathing before he passed away.
The investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Brick Police and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit led police and detectives to the evidence that Williams stabbed Power in the chest, and was responsible for the injuries which ultimately led to his death.
“Williams originally faced more significant charges with greater sentencing exposure, but legitimate self-defense claims arose during the course of the investigation which we were compelled to take into account in evaluating this very difficult case,” Prosecutor Billhimer said in a statement.“The claims of self-defense, coupled with considerable proof problems, led to a resolution which we believe to be fair and just after careful consideration of all the facts and circumstances. Williams has been made to answer for her crime, and will be required to spend the next few years in state prison as a result. We hope this prison sentence provides some level of peace and closure to the family of Mr. Powers."
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