NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk woman will serve 17 years in prison after she admitted to stabbing her husband to death in 2020.
Shana Winborne was sentenced to 25 years with 8 years suspended on April 22, after previously pleading guilty to a second-degree murder charge back in January.
Shana Winborne was also given 10 years of supervised probation upon release.
Police say the stabbing happened early in the morning on October 13, 2020, in the 300 block of S. Military Highway. 39-year-old Dwan Winborne was found at the scene and later died at the hospital.
Prior to the fatal stabbing, police say the couple had been constantly arguing.
During one of the couple’s arguments on the night of the stabbing, court documents say Winborne got out of their bedroom and got a knife from the kitchen. She then returned to the bedroom and stabbed her husband on the left side of his chest, piercing the left ventricle of his heart and wounding him.
Hours later, Norfolk Police responded to another call from Mrs. Winborne saying her husband had stabbed himself. When officers arrived at the apartment, the front door was open, a trail of blood was seen from the bedroom to the living room, Mr. Winborne was laying on the living room floor covered in blood.
Shana Winborne was holding pressure to his chest with towels while her daughter stood at her stepfather’s feet. Mr. Winborne was sent to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Shana Winborne initially told detectives that Mr. Winborne had stabbed himself but, after being advised of her legal rights, she admitted to stabbing her husband, putting the knife in his hand, and ultimately moving the weapon back to the bedroom.
Officials say her daughter later told detectives that she had been sleeping in her bedroom during her parents’ argument but was awakened by what sounded like water splashing. The sound was actually of blood from her stepfather’s wound.
The daughter also told police that her mother had stabbed her stepfather in a separate incident just months before. Shana Winborne had previously been arrested for stabbing her husband on Aug. 2, 2020, and was out of jail on bond at the time of the fatal stabbing.