Danielle Allen, who’s been at the center of a long case regarding the death of her boyfriend, has been sentenced to 3-9 years on the charge of reckless cause of death, which carries a maximum sentence of 5-15 years.
In November 2016, Allen was arrested following the death of Marcus Postell, who suffered a stab wound in the chest by scissors in their shared home. Four hours after the crime was committed, Allen registered a BAC of .21. Allen, whose father is a State Police Major, claimed self defense. She was found guilty after a nine-day trial.
“I believe you were drunk,” said Judge Wiggins, who presided the case. “I believe you were a spoiled, angry woman who wanted to hurt Marcus.”
Wiggins explained that his decision was made in light of Allen’s lack of a criminal record, but that her being drunk at the time “holds no sway over me”. To the family of Marcus Postell, Wiggins explained that his not passing the maximum sentence “does not reflect Marcus’ value.”
Prior to sentencing, Marcus’ mother was permitted to address the court, painting the picture of a happy, motivated young man whose life was lost to a senseless act.
“What is an appropriate sentence for someone who took my son’s life?” she asked. “I’m not harboring any hatred or ill will for Danielle. I wish good for her and pray for her and her family.”
Allen then addressed the court with remorse for the crime, explaining that she had turned her life around and was attending AA meetings to address the drug and alcohol issues that the defense claimed pushed her to stab Postell.
“This is something that is now a part of my story,” she said. “I will always have to explain to people who I am.”
She claimed that she “cried for Marcus to the point that I have no tears left. I have no idea how to express my sincere apology.”
At the top of the proceedings, Allen’s defense counsel requested that Judge Wiggins remove non-uniformed Sheriff’s deputies who were in attendance, as the counsel believed they were trying to send a “strong but silent message.” Wiggins denied this request on the basis that his relationship with the Sheriff’s department ensured that he could not be intimidated into a heavier sentence.
The DA’s Office and Allen’s defense counsel have 30 days to appeal the sentencing.