Arkansas Woman Gets 8 Years For Husband’s Stabbing Death

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) — A Little Rock woman has been sentenced to eight years in prison for the 2017 stabbing death of her husband.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports 44-year-old Christie Marie Buckner pleaded guilty Thursday (Oct. 4) to manslaughter in the slaying of her 55-year-old husband, Earl Buckner Jr.

Buckner told authorities she stabbed him after he approached her with a knife. Police had been called to the couple’s home, where they found Buckner applying pressure to his wound as he laid bleeding on a couch.

Police reports say Buckner in a text message exchange before the incident said she’d stab her husband if he stabbed her.

A state doctor found Buckner was not mentally ill, but she will be required to receive mental counseling once released from prison.

Records show Buckner’s husband had been accused of past abuse; they had been married for 19 months.

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