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Woman sentenced in slashing death of friend

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on June 15, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
June 15, 2012 3:17 pm

A 24-year-old woman pleaded guilty Friday to slashing a friend to death with a razor last year in a Tacoma apartment.

Loniesh Veasey had been charged with first-degree murder. She entered a modified guilty plea to first-degree manslaughter with a deadly weapon enhancement. She maintained her innocence but acknowledged the likelihood she’d be convicted at trial.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Beverly Grant sentenced Veasey on Friday to 10 years in prison in the death of 49-year-old Ginny “Bridget” Thomas.

Tacoma police and prosecutors alleged Veasey killed Thomas inside Thomas’ apartment Feb. 12, 2011.

Veasey had told police she was high on crack cocaine when she and Thomas got into an argument over the types of drugs each other used.

Veasey said Thomas, who used heroin, stuck her in the palm with a syringe.

Veasey said she slashed Thomas with a razor then swapped shoes with Thomas and went to the hospital to get stitches in her hand.

A bloody pair of shoes, a fingerprint and phone records lead detectives to Veasey.

Veasey will credit for the time she’s spent in the Pierce County Jail.

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