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January 3, 2013

Londonderry woman sentenced for killing man

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Family members told of how Mannion loved life, especially the outdoors.

His father, Richard Mannion Sr., also criticized the proposed sentence.

“I can’t accept it all,” he said. “I can’t accept a second-degree murder plea at all.”

The victim’s ex-wife, Shannon Emerson, told of how LeBlanc tried to console her and family members after Mannion’s death. LeBlanc even posted online messages on Mannion’s online obituary, relatives said.

Wageling said she sympathized with the family and what they had been through.

“The details of the homicide are gruesome,” the judge said. “Ms. LeBlanc you deserve every single day of this sentence.”

Wageling accepted the sentence recommended by Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley. He said LeBlanc suffered from mental illness and had attempted suicide at least twice.

Hinckley described how the discovery of Mannion’s body by a girlfriend in his Hollow Oak Road home led them to LeBlanc, who had known him for about a year before he broke off the relationship between the two several months before his death.

But LeBlanc refused to stay away from him despite a court order. Two months before the shooting, LeBlanc pleaded guilty to assaulting Mannion on Aug, 18, 2011.

No details of the assault were released, but the case was placed on file without a finding for six months. LeBlanc, freed on $5,000 personal recognizance bail, was ordered to stay away from Mannion for at least 90 days.

Hinckley told of how LeBlanc stole a pistol from a friend, Dennis Johnson of Hollis, and used it to shoot the Gulf War veteran as he slept after breaking into his home.

Johnson agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, wearing a body wire that tape-recorded a conversation with LeBlanc that revealed she killed Mannion.

LeBlanc’s sentence allows her to petition the court to have five years suspended from her sentence if she earns a bachelor’s degree and stays out of trouble for 10 years.

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