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Woman gets 28-year prison sentence for murder

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A Kankakee woman has received a 28-year prison sentence for stabbing to death a former friend.

Kimberly Nowlan-McCue was convicted in October for the death of 29-year-old Elizabeth Jamison on New Year's Day 2013. McCue contended she meant only to "confront" Jamison over a dispute McCue was having with her estranged husband

The 35-year-old McCue wept as she explained the circumstances of the stabbing of Jamison during a sentencing hearing Friday.

The Kankakee Daily Journal reported Judge Clark Erickson said Monday that McCue showed no remorse during her lengthy statement. He noted that while McCue apologized, she maintained she was acting in self-defense.

Several of McCue's relatives testified about her character. However Erickson said the sentence was "for the offense of first-degree murder," not about her family relationships.

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