Haskins pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The family of a man who was stabbed to death in the summer of 2013 asked a judge Friday to go easy on the woman who caused his death.

Tequila Haskins was in Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge James Evans’ court Friday morning. She was arrested and charged for the death of Brian Tubbs.

Police say a domestic dispute led to the death in June of last year. She said the stabbing was in self-defense.

“He would verbally, physically, sexually, mentally, psychologically abuse me. He would beat me until he got tired and I let him. That was the only way I could defend myself,” Haskins said.

In court, Tubbs’ aunt and brother asked the judge to be lenient on Haskins so she could raise her children. Haskins pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to five years probation and community service.

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