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Salinas woman gets 25 to life in boyfriend's death

12:40 PM, Feb 2, 2013   |    comments
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MONTEREY, CA (AP) - A Salinas woman has been ordered to serve 25 years to life for the steel-bar beating death of her attorney boyfriend.

The Monterey County Herald reports that 44-year-old Verginia Turner was given the mandatory sentence Friday after she was convicted in December of killing Mark Hafen in his Salinas home in September of 2010.

During the 2½-week trial, Monterey County prosecutors told jurors that Turner had killed the 58-year-old Hafen because she feared Hafen was about to end the relationship.

The Herald says admitted beating Hafen, but claimed it was in self-defense after he had battered her for years.

The Associated Press

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