Megan Price
Megan Price testifies in her second trial. (QUAD-CITY TIMES FILE PHOTO)

A woman who stabbed her boyfriend to death in January 2007 was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison Thursday afternoon in Scott County District Court.

Megan Price, whose third trial ended in a conviction for voluntary manslaughter, will get credit for time served as her case has wound through the court system.

Little was said during the minutes-long hearing. The sentence handed down by Judge Mark Cleve was a mandatory one.

Price, 23, and Allen Johnson, 34, argued earlier on the night of Jan. 5, 2007, and were arguing in an upstairs bedroom at Johnson's duplex on South Elmwood Avenue when the stabbing occurred, according to testimony.

Price and her sister testified to incidents of domestic violence during the relationship that preceded the fatal stabbing.

Some of the incidents sent Price to the hospital for treatment.

Her first trial ended in a hung jury. Her second trial resulted in a conviction for voluntary manslaughter and a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

The Iowa Court of Appeals overturned the conviction, however, saying testimony regarding battered women's syndrome should have been allowed at trial.

Laurie Schipper of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence provided that testimony in the third trial.

Price was tried on a charge of second-degree murder the first two times. This time, she was on trial for voluntary manslaughter, the charge she was convicted of.

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