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March 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Roy woman sentenced to life for killing boyfriend

Barbara Ann Clayton

A Pierce County judge today sentenced a 42-year-old Roy woman to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing her boyfriend almost a year ago.

During her trial, Barbara Ann Clayton’s attorney claimed she suffered from temporary insanity when she fatally shot Curtis Giffin in front of her 13-year-old daughter, according to the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

During today’s sentencing hearing, Giffin’s family said he was a loving father and hard-working businessman. Clayton’s daughter said Giffin had been like a father to her.

The conviction was the third strike for Clayton, who has a 1996 conviction for first-degree robbery and a 2004 conviction for second-degree assault.

According to charging papers, Clayton and her daughter lived with Giffin, 51, in his mobile home in the 32300 block of 68th Avenue South. Clayton apparently “came to believe the victim had been involved with another woman,” charging papers say.

Clayton’s 13-year-old daughter was in her bedroom when Clayton came home angry on the night of April 1, 2011. When Giffin came home a short time later the couple began arguing.

The girl heard gunshots and ran from her room and saw Giffin sitting on the living-room floor, bleeding from a gunshot wound to his stomach, charging papers say. Clayton, who was standing two feet in front of Giffin, then shot him in the chest as her daughter watched, the papers say.

Clayton later told police that she wished she had shot Giffin years before, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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