Woman pleads guilty to manslaughter in boyfriend’s stabbing death
A woman pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge in her live-in boyfriend’s stabbing death in 2016.
Ashley McKenzie, 30, was in the middle of a trial before Justice Gregory Hilton for the August 24 murder of Andrew Mackey when she took a plea deal for the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Hilton accepted a sentencing recommendation by prosecutor Joel Seymour for an 18-year prison sentence, with credit for the two years and 11 months she had spent on remand.
McKenzie has been sentenced to 15 years and one month.
McKenzie, who weighed 240 pounds at the time of the incident, said that she and the 170-pound Mackey “punched it out” after an argument escalated.
Two days after the murder, McKenzie accompanied officers to the crime scene at Ida Street and walked investigators through the area.
She said that she and Mackey were drinking and smoking “beedies” at their apartment when he began “acting stupid”.
McKenzie said that when Mackey returned home, she asked him where he’d been.
In the middle of the fight, McKenzie said, she went to check on her three-year-old son.
She told Mackey that she didn’t want to fight anymore and he allegedly hit her again.
McKenzie said that Mackey grabbed the toddler by the throat and refused to let go.
She said that she went to the kitchen and grabbed a knife and stabbed Mackey.
After the stabbing, Mackey ran to the front room where he collapsed, she told police.
Mackey told her: “Don’t let me die. Call 911.”
McKenzie said she was unable to call police or her sister, so she got into her car with the child.
Unfamiliar with New Providence as she had recently relocated from Andros, McKenzie stopped a pedestrian who got behind the wheel and drove her to the South Beach Police Station.