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A California woman was given a suspended sentence for the brutal murder of her boyfriend: she stabbed him 108 times.

A California woman was convicted of murdering her boyfriend. She stabbed him 108 times during a “cannabis-induced psychosis.” According to many, on January 23 she was given too lenient a sentence, reports New York Post.

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Brynn Speicher, 33, was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service after she was found guilty of murdering her boyfriend, Chad O'Melia.

Ventura County Superior Court Judge David Worley ruled that Speicher was "not in control of her actions" when she had a psychotic episode. She stabbed O'Melia, 26, multiple times in his Thousand Oaks apartment on May 28, 2018.

Experts for the prosecution and defense determined that the use of a marijuana bong led the woman to a tragic psychotic break.

“From that point on, she was no longer in control of her actions,” Worley said.

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Speicher and O'Melia had been dating for several weeks before she brutally murdered the 26-year-old accountant.

After the incident, police found a woman covered in blood. She cried hysterically next to her boyfriend's body and still clutched the knife in her hands. The detainee plunged it into her throat when police tried to disarm her.

In addition, Speicher, who recently turned 33, killed her dog during the incident.

O'Melia was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fair decision or dangerous precedent

Speicher's lawyers argued that their client, who was an inexperienced marijuana smoker, became "involuntarily intoxicated" at the time of the murder. O'Melia forced his girlfriend to take another puff when she didn't get a buzz from the first one. After this she had an immediate inappropriate reaction. In a panic, the defendant for some reason went to the bathroom and then committed murder.

Under California law, a person is considered responsible for his or her actions while under the influence of drugs or alcohol unless the intoxication is involuntary.

It took the jury less than four hours to find Speicher guilty of manslaughter.

During her sentencing on Jan. 23, Speicher sobbed in court and apologized to the victim's father, Sean O'Melia.

“My actions destroyed your family,” she said. - I'm broken and broken. It pains me that you will never see Chad again."

Prosecutors portrayed Speicher as a party girl who just wanted to get high the night she killed O'Melia. But during the sentencing hearing, the defendant's father showed his daughter in a different light.

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“She spent her entire life working to help others,” said Mike Speicher, the father of the defendant, a licensed audiologist.
In response, Chad's father accused Worley of bias and said his decision had set a dangerous precedent.

“He just gave everyone in the state of California who smokes marijuana a license to kill,” the grieving father said.

"There is no winner in this tragedy," said Brendan O'Melia, the victim's uncle. “However, there must be responsibility.”

Speicher's lawyer, Bob Schwartz, called Worley's decision "correct and courageous."

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