YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A woman on trial in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Monday for the 2019 knife stab of a man in her east side apartment pleaded guilty to the indictment of negligent homicide.
Ashley Eiland, 34, is expected to be sentenced by Judge Donofrio on September 13.
She was originally charged with murder, but the charges were reduced in exchange for her plea.
The lawyers recommend a prison sentence of three years, including the time served.
The negligent homicide charge was downgraded from a first degree to a third degree in exchange for her plea.
Eiland was charged on August 15, 2019, with the June 25, 2019 murder of stabbing Eugene Jones Jr., 36, at her Kendis Circle apartment.
Eiland told police a drunk Jones came to her apartment around 3 a.m. and started beating her children, so she stabbed him to death. When the police arrived, they found Jones dead on the bathroom floor of their apartment.
Eiland has been in the county jail since her indictment.
Assistant prosecutor Kevin Trapp said the case was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and because a new prosecutor was assigned to the case.
Trapp also said he spoke “extensively” with Jones’ family and detectives, who were investigating the case, before making the plea.
Defense attorney Lynn Maro said a defense advisor reviewed approximately 2,000 pages of the files and concluded that a defense against Battered Women’s Syndrome was appropriate.
Island was attacked twice between the ages of 10 and 13, Maro said. Maro said a person who beat her was also serving a prison term.
A witness would have testified that Jones was drunk in their apartment and refused to leave, and the night he died he refused to leave and attacked Eiland. She grabbed a knife and stabbed him in self-defense, Maro said.