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Guilty plea in fatal stabbing

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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:30 am

A woman who stabbed her boyfriend in Richmond Hill last April has pleaded guilty to the crime.

Shirley Forbes, 64, said she fatally stabbed her live-in boyfriend, Lee Burrison, 55, in their apartment at 87-37 112 St. on April 16, 2013. Forbes pleaded guilty on Jan. 15 to one count of first-degree manslaughter.

According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, there has been a history of domestic incidents between Forbes and Burrison for years. Police have been called to their residence multiple times in the past due to domestic disturbances, and an order of protection had been issued on behalf of the victim, Burrison, on Nov. 20, 2012 and was in effect until Nov. 19, 2014, directing the defendant to refrain from assaulting, harassing or committing any other criminal offenses against him.

Forbes still lived in the apartment with Burrison despite the order of protection.

She initially faced 25 years in prison, but because of her plea she will likely get five years in prison and three years’ post-release supervision, according to Brown.

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