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She’s Jailed for Killing Her Beau

Richmond Hill Woman Pays For Slay

A Richmond Hill woman will be heading to prison after admitting last Wednesday, Jan. 15, to killing her boyfriend during a fight in their apartment last April, law enforcement sources said.

Shirley Forbes, 64, of 112th Street entered a guilty plea to a count of first-degree manslaughter before Acting Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Chin-Brandt for fatally stabbing Lee Burrison, 55, during the argument on Apr. 16, 2013.

Justice Chin-Brandt ordered Forbes to return to court on Feb. 24 for sentencing; it is expected the defendant will receive a five-year prison sentence plus three years’ post-release supervision, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Reportedly, the deadly dispute took place at around 10:44 p.m. on the night of Apr. 16, 2013, in the apartment located on 112th Street near Jamaica Avenue.

Law enforcement sources said Burrison got into an argument inside the residence with Forbes, whom he had previously secured a court order of protection barring her from any contact with him.

The dispute reportedly turned violent when Forbes plunged a knife into Burrison’s chest.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct and EMS units rushed to the scene. Burrison died a short time later at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

Forbes was taken into custody the following day by the 102nd precinct Detective Squad.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kristin J. Papadopoulos of the DA’s Homicide Investigations Bureau and Senior Assistant District Attorneys Debra Pomodore of the DA’s Homicide Trials Bureau.

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