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Kimble Pleads To Voluntary Manslaughter

January 13th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

The Office of the State’s Attorney for Allegany County, the Honorable Michael O. Twigg, State’s Attorney, announced on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, that Jessyca Layne Kimble, of Midland, entered a plea of guilty to one count of Voluntary Manslaughter in Allegany County Circuit Court, stemming from the death of her husband, Edward Kimble, on August 19, 2014 at the home the couple shared.  Kimble’s bond was revoked and she was returned to the Allegany County Detention Center pending a sentencing hearing, which will be heard after a presentence investigation is completed by the Maryland Department of Community Supervision.

The investigation revealed that the couple was involved in a domestic dispute in the evening hours of August 19, 2014.  The dispute turned physical in the couple’s kitchen at which time Jessyca Kimble retrieved a knife from a kitchen drawer.  The couple continued to fight and Edward Kimble was stabbed one time in his chest, resulting in his death.  The couple has an extensive history of domestic violence within the home.  While Kimble maintained she was acting in self-defense, her husband possessed no weapon, and therefore the case falls under that of an imperfect self-defense, negating the charge of murder to one of voluntary manslaughter.

The case was investigated by the C3I Unit and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Erich Bean of the Allegany County State’s Attorney’s Office.  Ms. Kimble was represented by Sean P. Gallagher, Esq.  

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