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Girlfriend gets one year in Lexington slaying

A Letcher County woman pleaded guilty Friday to reckless homicide in the stabbing death of her boyfriend in Lexington.

Sharon Collins, 30, agreed to a one-year sentence in the September 2007 death of David B. Hogg, 36. Collins already has spent about four or five months in jail. With good-time credit she'll probably serve three or four more months, said her attorney, Russell Baldani. She was taken into custody Friday.

Collins initially was charged with murder. But after she testified before a Fayette County grand jury in November, the charge was reduced to second-degree manslaughter.

Baldani said Collins was prepared to argue self-defense if the case had gone to trial. But she accepted a plea deal because she did not want to risk going to prison for five to 10 years.

The stabbing occurred early Sept. 16, 2007. Collins says she was at the Rosebud bar in downtown Lexington while Hogg and an acquaintance broke into cars to steal radios, Baldani said.

Later, the couple got into a fight in their car. Hogg slammed on the brakes, and Collins hit her head on the windshield and got out of the car. Hogg tried to drag her back to the car, giving her road rash, and he was on top of her when she stabbed him with a pocket knife, hitting him in the aorta, Baldani said.

Collins dropped Hogg's body off at Samaritan Hospital at 6:15 a.m. Hospital employees estimated he'd been dead for an hour, according to court documents.