GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend in May rejected a plea agreement today that would have limited her time behind bars to between 3 and 10 years.
Kenyia Latrice Townsend on Wednesday was offered a deal that would allow her to plead guilty to manslaughter, a 15-year felony, for the May 27 stabbing death of Rasheed Bryant at the home they shared on Underwood Avenue near Alexander Street SE.
Kent County Circuit Judge Donald Johnston explained the plea arrangement to Townsend which would have capped her minimum term in prison to between three and 10 years.
Townsend, 35, told the judge she'd rather take her chances before a jury on the original charge of second-degree murder.
The single mother of three earlier said she did not mean to fatally stab Bryant, who has a history of domestic abuse and served time in prison for domestic violence – third offense. Bryant was paroled to Grand Rapids last October.