Woman gets 15 years for stabbing boyfriend to death in Schenectady
SCHENECTADY The woman who admitted to stabbing her longtime boyfriend to death last year was sentenced Monday to 15 years in state prison.
“I sincerely apologize for the hurt and pain I caused the King family and friends,” Jacqueline Smalls said, adding that she still loved the victim, Adrian L. King.
Smalls, 51, admitted she stabbed the unarmed man once in the chest Aug. 26, 2012, during an argument in the kitchen of the apartment they shared.
She pleaded guilty in October to one count of first-degree manslaughter in exchange for 15 years in state prison. She told visiting Judge Michael V. Coccoma then that she grabbed a knife from the kitchen counter and stabbed King once. He then fell to his knees. Smalls fled the apartment, but stayed outside while another person in the apartment called 911.
Smalls’ attorney, Adam Parisi, appeared ready to argue self-defense if the case had gone to trial. Parisi previously noted allegations King had attacked Smalls. In one instance, in May 2012, King admitted in court he choked her, pleading guilty to criminal obstruction of breathing.
Prosecutor Christina Tremante-Pelham said Smalls did not have a viable claim for self-defense.
Smalls noted while pleading guilty that by doing so she gave up any claim of self-defense. She also acknowledged King was unarmed at the time she stabbed him.
Prosecutors believe the argument may have been over drugs. No one was in the kitchen with them at the time of the stabbing, but others in the house saw and heard things that suggested drugs as the topic of the argument, Tremante-Pelham said.
At the time of King’s death, Smalls was wanted on drug sale charges. But a problem with the warrant, in part traced to communication problems between police and the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office, led to Smalls not being taken into custody on the drug charge.
Smalls entered a special plea earlier this year on the drug charges. She was also sentenced Monday morning, to three years in prison in that case, to run at the same time as her manslaughter sentence.