A Durham, NC jury yesterday found Crystal Mangum guilty of second-degree murder for stabbing and killing her boyfriend, Reginald Daye, in 2011, the News Observer website reports today (November 23, 2013). Mangum -- whose accusation of being raped by three Duke University lacrosse players at a party in 2006 became a popular national news story -- tore apart the Duke lacrosse program as well as the reputation of the three players with her rape accusations, although her accusations were finally dismissed because the evidence did not back her story.
Yesterday, after Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway sentenced Mangum to 14 years and two months to 18 years in prison, deputies immediately led her handcuffed out of the courtroom.
Mangum's attorney, Daniel Meir, said she will appeal.
Mangum, 35, stabbed Daye on April 3, 2011 during a fight in which he accused her of disrespecting him by bringing other men to her apartment. Members of Daye's family said they were satisfied with the verdict.