SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. – A Saratoga County woman accused of killing her boyfriend in 2012 has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter on Thursday.
Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy says 28-year-old Joey Paul admitted to killing her live-in boyfriend, 28-year-old Matthew Furlani, on July 1, 2012. State Police were called to the scene of the fatal shooting by multiple neighbors around 10:30 a.m. at the couple's Church Street apartment in Schuylerville.
When police arrived, Furlani was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head in the upstairs bedroom.
According to Murphy, a high powered assault rifle, used to shoot the victim at close range, was secured at the scene. He also said Paul admitted to intentionally causing the death of Furlani while she was under the influence of "extreme emotional disturbance."
Neighbors say they had heard arguing just prior to the gunshot. They say the
couple had a tumultuous relationship prior to the incident.
Paul was originally charged with second-degree murder 2nd-degree, Manslaughter 2nd-degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd-degree. She claimed the shooting was an accident.
Paul faces 18 ½ years in State Prison when she is sentenced in January. The sentence for her charge ranges from 5 to 25 years. Paul also faces 5 years of post-release supervision.
The woman's trial has been postponed several times while she was being evaluated at the Central New York Psychiatric Center in Marcy.