STILLWATER, N.Y. - A Stillwater woman has been sentenced to 18.5 years in State Prison for killing her boyfriend.
On November 30, 2013 Joey Paul pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Matther Furlani after her trial was postponed for a second time in October of 2013.
According to police, Paul shot Furlani in their Schuylerville apartment in July of 2012 with an AK 47. Neighbors heard arguing prior to the fatal gunshot and contacted authorities.
Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said the couple had a toxic relationship before the incident in 2012. Paul was arraigned shortly after the incident and she was evaluated. She was then taken to the Central NY Psychiatric Center in Marcy.
Murphy said that during the sentencing "there was an unusual and extraordinary outburst" from Paul in the courtroom. Paul yelled profanities as the victim's mother read her victim impact statement out loud to the judge.
DA Murphy described the courtroom scene as "pandemonium" as Mrs. Downey and her daughter responded to Paul and a "shouting match" began.
Judge Scarano quieted the courtroom and the sentencing continued.
In addition to the 18 and one half years in State Prison, Paul will serve five years of post-release supervision.
"There is nothing more emotional than the sentencing in a homicide case and I can't imagine what Mr. Furlani's mother was going through as she was reading the heartbreaking statement," stated Murphy. "I give her credit for continuing to read her victim impact statement in such a poised and focused way."
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