Started by CaptDMO, May 31, 2006, 11:02 PM
By DALE VINCENTWednesday, May. 31, 2006As she sat in a Hillsborough County Superior Court lobby yesterday waiting to learn her sentence for [b[negligent homicide[/b], Caryn Acevedo was approached by the man whose son she stabbed to death a year ago.William Burns of Bedford knelt beside Acevedo, speaking to her and embracing the sobbing 23-year-old woman, who met 28-year-old "Billy" Burns in a rehabilitation hospital. Both had heroin and alcohol addictions.Judge Carol Conboy imposed the 3½- to seven-year sentence requested by the prosecution, but said one year of the minimum sentence will be suspended if Acevedo successfully completes all programs offered by the prison for drug and alcohol abuse, anger management and mental health counseling.
Burns said he would have been hurt by a suspended or deferred sentence. But, he said: "Her going to prison does nothing for me."Acevedo did not take the stand in her trial, but yesterday she faced the Burns family in court and said: "I don't blame you for hating me. . . I will never forgive myself . . . He didn't deserve what I did to him."
guilty Acevedo at sentencing, Caryn Acevedo makes a tearful apology to the family of William Burns during her sentencing.
The couple had lived together for about eight months when Acevedo stabbed Burns in the back with a steak knife after he beat her in their apartment on May 15, 2005.
The victim had a blood-alcohol level of .167, more than twice the legal limit, while Acevedo's blood-alcohol content was .066. The legal limit is .080.
A jury in March rejected Acevedo's plea of self-defense, although prosecutors did not dispute that Burns assaulted Acevedo that night and photos of her injuries were shown at trial.
In a victim impact statement yesterday, Burns' mother, Leslie, directed her anger not only at Acevedo, saying: "Caryn was the violent one," but also at the police, prosecution, media, domestic violence support groups, Acevedo's family and the state for what they did or didn't do to prevent her son's death and his negative image."He's not the villain," she said.
Burns' father said the story of the couple's relationship became crueler with each telling and his son isn't able to defend himself. He acknowledged that although he and his wife did their best, Billy came home from college a heroin addict and was also an alcoholic by the time of his death.
Defense Attorney Barbara Keshen sought to establish yesterday that Acevedo's fear level had risen as the couple's rocky relationship changed that week, after Burns discovered Acevedo had cheated on him.
Dr. Sharon Murphy, a University of New Hampshire assistant clinical professor whose specialties include domestic violence, said that Burns' reported behavior that night could have led Acevedo to fear she might be killed.As a result, Murphy said, at the moment Acevedo swung the knife, it seemed a rational action to Acevedo.
Niki Miller, the executive director of the New Hampshire Task Force on Women and Addiction said Acevedo would not only benefit from a four-day program for women that helps them understand the causes of their addictions and how to find help, but could then counsel other women
Do you even know Niki Miller? Furthermore Do you know how many lives she has changed because of her and her expertise, commitment, and education for recovering addicts and thier families? Whom ever made this comment about here needs to educated themselves about Ms. Miller before making any ignorant comments about her like you have!!!