A 50-year-old Macon woman drew a 10-year prison sentence Monday for the 2007 stabbing death of her boyfriend.
Kimberly Faith Glover pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in Bibb County Superior Court in accordance with a plea bargain.
Glover had previously waived her right to a jury trial and was scheduled to stand trial before Chief Judge Martha Christian on a murder charge. Had she been convicted of murder, she could have faced a life sentence.
Glover fatally stabbed 63-year-old Fred Swint Jr. on Nov. 13, 2007.
Glover and Swint had been in an “on-again, off-again” relationship for at least two years, prosecutor Sandy Matson said. In the month leading up to the slaying, the couple had been estranged and Glover had been living a few blocks away with another woman.
The couple reconciled on the day before Swint’s death, and Glover spent the night at Swint’s home on Village Green Drive.
“Things appeared to be fine,” Matson said.
But Glover and Swint started to argue Nov. 13. Matson said evidence at trial would have shown that the argument was about money that Glover accused Swint and his granddaughter of taking from her purse.
Glover’s lawyer, Cheryl Milton, said the argument was about ending their relationship.
At one point, Glover went to the kitchen, retrieved a steak knife and stabbed Swint in the neck. If the case had gone to trial, medical evidence would have shown that the stab wound was 4 inches deep, Matson said.
Swint struck Glover with a jelly jar and tussled with her on a sofa.
“She had been beaten severely with the jar,” Milton said.
Swint’s adult granddaughter witnessed the stabbing and performed CPR until help arrived, police said.
After the stabbing, Glover went back to the woman’s home where she’d been staying during her separation from Swint. She tried to hide her bloody clothes behind a dresser and washed blood off her body, Matson said.
A woman at the house walked Glover back to Swint’s house as police started arriving, she said.
Milton argued that Glover didn’t try to conceal the bloody clothing.
The washcloth she’d used to clean herself wasn’t concealed. It was found in the bathroom, she said.
Glover was declared incompetent to stand trial in November 2008, and she remained in state custody for treatment. The court received notice from Central State Hospital in January 2009 that Glover had been treated and was competent to stand trial, Christian said during the hearing.
Swint’s brother, Freddie Swint, said his family has been waiting a long time for justice.
“At least in this case justice wasn’t blind,” he said after Glover’s sentencing. “This will give my family a chance to heal.”
Glover’s prison stint will be followed by 10 years on probation.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.