Wisconsin Woman Receives 22-Year Sentence for Fatal Stabbing of Fiancé- He Fell On the Knife Defense Didn't Work

May 03, 10:00 AM

A woman from New Richmond, Wisconsin, has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of her fiancé, Shaun Lewis, in their home. Marian Smith, 55, received her sentence on Tuesday in St. Croix Circuit Court after pleading guilty to charges of first-degree intentional homicide and resisting or obstructing police.

The incident, which occurred 1½ years ago on August 27, 2022, shook the small community. According to court documents, Smith had called 911 from their residence in the 600 block of N. 2nd Street, prompting police and emergency medical personnel to respond.

Upon arrival, officers found Lewis on the floor with multiple wounds. Despite efforts to save him, Lewis succumbed to his injuries at the scene. An autopsy conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office determined that Lewis died from a stab wound to his abdomen, with an additional less serious wound to his chest.

During the investigation, Smith provided law enforcement with various accounts of what transpired that fateful morning. Among her statements was the claim that Lewis had fallen on a knife during an argument between them, leading to his fatal injuries.

Despite her explanations, the evidence presented in court, including the autopsy report, supported the conclusion that Smith was responsible for Lewis's death. As a result, she ultimately pleaded guilty to the charges brought against her.

Smith's sentencing includes credit for the time she has already served in jail since her arrest. This means she is expected to spend approximately the first 1½ years of her term behind bars, with the remainder on extended release.

The tragic outcome of this case serves as a reminder of the consequences of domestic disputes escalating to violence. Law enforcement officials urge individuals facing conflicts within their relationships to seek assistance and support to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future. 

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