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Published: Thursday, 11/8/2012

Sentencing rescheduled in Oregon stabbing

BLADE STAFF

The sentencing for an Oregon man found guilty of assisting his girlfriend in the stabbing death of her husband was postponed Wednesday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court and was rescheduled for Jan. 16.

Shawn Brazeal, 22, pleaded no contest last month to one count each of involuntary manslaughter, obstructing justice, and tampering with evidence. Judge Gene Zmuda accepted a negotiated 15-year prison sentence.

Per the agreement, murder charges will be dismissed against Brazeal in exchange for his cooperation in the prosecution of Jennelle McGuire, who is to go to trial Jan. 14 on charges of aggravated murder and murder. She faces up to life in prison.

Brazeal was found guilty Oct. 22 for his involvement in the Aug. 17, 2011, death of Devin McGuire, 35, of Oregon. Mr. McGuire’s body was found nearly two weeks later. He had been stabbed multiple times.

Authorities said that Brazeal admitted that he held Mr. McGuire as Mrs. McGuire stabbed him repeatedly.



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