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January 31, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Shoreline woman gets 14 years for killing boyfriend

A Shoreline woman who fatally stabbed her longtime boyfriend in their home before taking off with their two young daughters and triggering an Amber Alert in May 2012, was sentenced this afternoon to about 14 years in prison.

A King County jury last month convicted Doreen Starrish, 29, of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon and heroin possession.

Starrish, 29, stabbed Aaron C. Smith, 27, on May 3, 2012, after he refused to let her take the children out of the house because she was drunk, according to charging paperwork. After stabbing Smith, Starrish fled with the couple’s two daughters, who were 7 and 3 at the time, according to charging papers.

An Amber Alert was issued for the children. That night, Seattle police received a phone call from Smith’s brother, saying the children had been dropped off at his grandmother’s house.

At the time Smith was stabbed, there was a domestic-violence order in place barring him from contacting Starrish, according to court records.

Superior Court Judge Mary Yu said the case involved one of the most violent and dysfunctional relationships she’d ever encountered in her years on the bench, but that was not an excuse for murder.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: domestic violence, homicide, King County Prosecuting Attorney Office


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