Woman convicted of 3rd-degree murder in boyfriend’s death

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – A woman has been convicted of third-degree murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend in northeastern Pennsylvania more than four years ago.

Jurors in Luzerne County deliberated for just over two hours Friday before convicting 32-year-old Jessica Alinsky in the September 2011 slaying of 34-year-old Matthew Gailie at the couple’s Hazle Township home.

Alinsky maintained that he shot himself during a dispute. Prosecutors allege that she staged the crime scene to make it appear that Gailie shot himself.

Alinsky bowed her head and wiped away tears as the verdict was announced by the jury, which also convicted her of evidence-tampering. She sobbed as she was escorted from the courthouse.

Defense attorney Demetrius Fannick, who earlier in the week sought a mistrial, vowed an appeal of the verdict.

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