December 09, 2014

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) The wife of a former University of Pennsylvania basketball standout has been found guilty but mentally ill in his stabbing death.

A suburban Philadelphia judge found Maria Garcia-Pellon guilty of voluntary manslaughter in Matthew White's death. The Delaware County Daily Times (http://goo.gl/m96k2B) reports the judge found her not guilty of murder.

Defense lawyer Thomas Bergstrom calls Tuesday's decision by Common Pleas Judge Kevin Kelly ''an appropriate verdict.''

Authorities say the 52-year-old Garcia-Pellon stabbed her 55-year-old husband in bed at their Nether Providence home in February of last year.

White was the starting center on the Penn team that made it to the Final Four in 1979. He was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers and played in Europe.

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Information from: Delaware County Daily Times, http://www.delcotimes.com

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