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Woman gets 8 years for husband’s death

— Luree Highpines Nelums has been sentenced to eight years in prison for the stabbing death of her husband last June.

Nelums, 44, was convicted in February of manslaughter in the death of her husband, Gordon Ray Nelums, 48, in their Colorado Inn motel room in Craig on June 11.

Moffat County District Court Judge Joel Thompson sentenced Nelums on Monday to eight years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Thompson also fined her $5,581.75, which must be paid as a condition of parole after she completes her prison time.

Testimony at trial showed that during an argument at the motel, where they were living at the time, Luree took a knife and threatened to slash her husband’s tires if he did not get out of bed. The two struggled over the knife and Gordon was stabbed in the femoral artery of his left thigh.

The jury agreed to the charge of manslaughter because it carried the element of “recklessness.”

“We believed it was an accident, but it was a reckless one and she did cause a death,” one juror said of the conviction.

The Moffat County Probation Department had recommended a sentence of 11 years in prison, with credit for 311 days already served.

“We were hoping for 11 or 12 years, which was the maximum, based on the fact that she took someone’s life,” Deputy District Attorney David Waite said.

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