An Iowa woman who stabbed her estranged husband’s girlfriend to death was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder.
A Marion County jury deliberated for less than an hour before convicting Michelle Boat in May 18,2020, death of 46-year-old Tracy Mondabough, who was stabbed as she sat in her truck in Pella, The Ottumwa Courier reported.
Boat acknowledged on Monday that she killed Mondabough, of Ottumwa. Her lawyer, Trevor Anderson, argued during the trial that he killing wasn’t premediated and that jurors should convict Boat of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.
Andersen said Boat snapped after the sudden breakup of her 20-year marriage and amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, which left jobless and with only $6 at the time of killing. Boat reacted when she saw her husband, Nicholas Boat, kiss Mondabough that day, he said.
The first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. A sentencing date has not yet been safe.