Woman sentenced to 20 years after plea deal for death of boyfriend

Woman sentenced to 20 years after plea deal for death of boyfriend

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - An Albany woman will spend 20 years in prison under a plea deal to avoid a murder trial.

Tiffley Malone, 29, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Monday afternoon in Dougherty County Superior Court, and was sentenced by Judge Willie Lockette.

Prosecutors said that on March 7, Malone shot her boyfriend, David Thomas, in the head, killing him.

She then told police three men had come into Thomas' home and shot him.

As the investigation continued, officers determined that she gave a false statement.

Malone will not be allowed first offender status.

"The state as stated concluded that this is not something that she would be entitled to, based on all the circumstances. And the fact that the state agree to allow her to plead to voluntary manslaughter," said Dougherty County D.A. Greg Edwards.

Thomas' mother testified during the plea agreement that she feels Malone should have been sentenced to life without the chance of parole, disagreeing with the plea deal sentence.

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