Challenge to woman’s sentence in officer’s death rejected

Authorities said the woman told emergency responders that her boyfriend had been shot accidentally by a dog carrying his service weapon

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – An appeals court has rejected a suburban Philadelphia woman’s challenge to her prison sentence in the shooting death of her police officer boyfriend that she initially blamed on a dog. reports that the Superior Court panel last week upheld the 18- to 36-year term imposed on 29-year-old Tyaina Finch.

Finch argued that the court refused to pay for a pre-sentence psychiatric evaluation, but the higher court said an evaluation had already been done.

Finch pleaded guilty in Delaware County to third-degree murder in the March 2015 shooting of 26-year-old Mark Hudson, a part-time Darby officer and volunteer firefighter.

Authorities said Finch told emergency responders that Hudson had been shot accidentally by a dog carrying his service weapon, but later said she shot him after he threatened her.

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