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Kent woman sentenced in stabbing

By DAVE O'BRIEN Staff Writer Published: May 19, 2017 4:00 AM

A Kent woman found guilty by a jury of stabbing her boyfriend with a kitchen knife in November has been ordered to spend three years behind bars.

Tiana C. Motley, 26, of Silver Meadows Boulevard, was sentenced Tuesday, May 16, by Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman after she was convicted by a jury of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, following a trial in April.

Pittman ordered Motley to pay $1,019 in fines and court costs and gave her credit for 54 days already served in the Portage County jail toward her prison sentence. She also ordered Motley to have no contact with the victim.

Kent police had charged her with stabbing her boyfriend, a 39-year-old man, inside the apartment they shared in the 800 block of Silver Meadows Boulevard on Nov. 4.

Following an argument over the boyfriend allegedly talking to other women, which Motley discovered by going through his cellphone, the two struggled and she stabbed him one in the chest with a kitchen knife, according to the Portage County Prosecutor's Office. The knife pierced the victim's liver, and he was hospitalized.

Motley, whom police said was intoxicated, then showed up at the Kent Police Department to make a report and was arrested after being interviewed by officers.

In a letter she wrote to Pittman following her conviction, Motley claimed her boyfriend assaulted her and she stabbed him because she was scared, having been in abusive relationships in the past. She is likely to appeal her conviction, according to court records.


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