Woman gets 15 years for stabbing death of her child’s father

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — An Orangeburg woman who said she stabbed the father of her child to death because she feared for her life has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after a jury convicted her of a lesser charge.

Prosecutors said Courtney Price stabbed 24-year-old Samuel Simmons to death as he slept in September 2014 and pursued a murder conviction against her.

Price testified in her own defense at her trial, saying she carried a knife around whenever she was with Simmons because she was scared, The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reported.

After a jury convicted her of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter Friday, a psychologist said at her sentencing that Price suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“When Sam was angry, he would slap or hit her,” Dr. Lois J. Veronen testified. “Whenever she tried to break it off, Sam would typically come back.”

But prosecutors said Price, 25, became angry after seeing text messages on Simmons’ phone about him and another woman and the child they had together. A blood spatter expert testified Simmons was stabbed as he slept.

Price faced two years to 30 years in prison after being convicted of the lesser charge. As he sentenced her, Circuit Judge R. Knox McMahon told Price she had to suffer consequences for what she did.

“I think there is fault on both sides. I’m talking about the relationship itself. Not what happened that night,” McMahon said. “It is a tragedy. It was obviously a toxic situation.”