Duke lacrosse accuser found guilty of murder
The woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape was convicted of second-degree murder Friday in the stabbing death of her boyfriend, reports the Associated Press.
Crystal Mangum, 34, was sentenced to between 14 years and 18 years in prison after a jury reached a verdict after six hours of deliberations.
Prosecutors said that Mangum killed 46-year-old Reginald Daye, who was stabbed on April 3, 2011. He died 10 days later.
Mangum said the stabbing was in self-defense, alleging that Daye was beating her in a jealous rage when she grabbed a knife and "poked him in the side."
In 2006, Mangum falsely claimed Duke lacrosse players Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and Dave Evans gang-raped her at a team party where she was hired as a stripper. Duke's head coach Mike Pressler was forced to resign, and the team canceled the remainder of the season because of the incident.