NEW WESTMINSTER – A Surrey woman who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of her best friend, who she stabbed 41 times, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Jessica Ashley Hanley, now 25, killed Tashina Rae Sutherland, 23, inside a small rancher at 10593 138th St. in Whalley, on April 26, 2012.
The women were friends since childhood, and shared the same birthday.
Hanley pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter on Monday, at the beginning of the fourth week of her second-degree murder trial in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. Minus time served, Hanley will spend another seven years and nine months in prison.