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Tompkins County man admits killing estranged wife's boyfriend

A 41-year-old Tompkins County man has admitted that he stabbed his estranged wife's boyfriend to death during a domestic dispute.
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - A 41-year-old Tompkins County man has admitted that he stabbed his estranged wife's boyfriend to death during a domestic dispute.

The Ithaca Journal reports that Dana Houghtling pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors who agreed to drop a murder charge.

Houghtling told a Tompkins County judge he killed 31-year-old Jeff West in a rage last April because he believed West and his wife had taken his daughter from his Groton home without permission.

Prosecutors said they agreed to a deal that will send Houghtling to prison for five to 25 years because of evidence he acted under extreme emotional disturbance.

Sentencing is set for March 15.

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