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A Kentucky woman has been sentenced to life in prison for killing her on-again, off-again boyfriend.
News outlets report 27-year-old Shayna Hubers was sentenced Thursday in the 2012 shooting death of 29-year-old Ryan Poston. She was convicted of murder in his slaying in August.
On the night Poston died, he was reportedly planning to meet former Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte for a night out, WCPO in Cincinnati reported at the time, adding that Hubers was aware of the rendezvous and murdered Poston because he attempted to end their relationship.
“Shayna Hubers herself told the police that she kept shooting Ryan Poston as he lay twitching and made noise until she, in her own words, finished him off, ‘put him out of his misery’ with one final blow,” Campbell County Assistant Prosecutor Kyle Burns said during the opening arguments of the two-week trial, according to WCPO.
She also was convicted of murder in the slaying in 2015. That conviction was overturned when a juror was found to be a convicted felon. Kentucky doesn't allow convicted felons to sit on juries.
Hubers has argued she shot Poston in self-defense. Prosecutors say she killed him because he was ending the relationship.
Hubers' attorney David Eldridge asked Hubers be sentenced to 20 years, arguing her behavior was "mitigated" by her diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. It's unclear if Hubers' defense will appeal the case.
Huber will be eligible to appear in front of a parole board in 14 years since she’s already spent six years behind bars, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
“We believe the evidence will show that Miss Hubers is not guilty of this crime [and] that she was privileged to have self-protection where she was acting under extreme emotional distress,” defense attorney David Eldridge said at the retrial.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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