Orleans County resident Jennifer Simard was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to manslaughter for stabbing her boyfriend to death in March of 2016

Orleans County resident Jennifer Simard was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to manslaughter for stabbing her boyfriend to death in March of 2016. Judge Gregory Rainville issued a sentence of five years and six months to 15 years in prison, all suspended except for five years and six months, with four years of credit for time already served in pre-trial detention. Simard, 50, will remain behind bars for another year-and-a-half and then be placed on probation when she is released. The judge said his intention was for Simard, who had a drug problem at the time of the stabbing, to undergo programming behind bars. Simard was convicted of the fatal stabbing of Kevin Smith, 38, at her home on Route 58 near the Evansville Trading Post. At yesterday’s sentencing, Orleans County State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett said it was a “classic domestic violence” homicide.  “She killed him, watched him die, waited until he was dead and then called 9-1-1,” said State’s Attorney Barrett. “The defendant killed Kevin Smith because he was breaking up with her, because he was leaving her. Kevin was moving out. But Simard’s defense attorney, David Sleigh of St. Johnsbury, said his client had become a completely different person after suffering injuries in a motor vehicle crash that lead to her drug addiction and a downward spiral in her life. Sleigh also said Simard took good care of her children, got an Associate’s degree and was working on a Bachelor’s degree so she could become a teacher. A tearful Simard, who appeared in court by video from Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington, apologized during the hearing for killing Smith.

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