*The woman who notoriously accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape, was convicted of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend.
On Friday, after 2 days of deliberating, a Durham (North Carolina) jury reached a verdict and Crystal Mangum, 34, was found guilty. She was sentenced to between 14 years and 18 years in prison.
Specifically Mangum was found guilty of stabbing Reginald Daye, 46, back in April 2011. He died of complications 10 days later.
In her testimony Mangum claimed self-defense. She said Daye was beating her in a jealous rage when she grabbed a knife and “poked him in the side.”
Assistant District Attorney Charlene Franks told the jurors during closing arguments that the evidence did not back up Mangum’s story.
In 2006, Mangum falsely claimed Duke lacrosse players gang-raped her at a team party where she was hired as a stripper. The case caught the nation’s attention, as the coach was forced to resign and the university canceled the remainder of the season.
The three players arrested were eventually declared innocent by North Carolina’s attorney general after Mangum’s story crumbled and her mental stability was questioned. The Durham prosecutor, Mike Nifong, who championed Mangum’s case, was later disbarred.