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Va. Woman Sentenced to 6 Years for Role in Fort Eustis Attack

May 18, 2010

A Virginia Beach woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for participating in the stabbing of a soldier at Fort Eustis and helping the suspect flee.

Patsy Ann Montowski had pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact. At her sentencing Monday, a federal prosecutor asked Montowski why she didn't run for help the day her boyfriend, Christopher Lanum, attacked fellow soldier Mitchell Stone.

A sobbing Montowski replied: "Because I loved him."

That reason failed to sway the judge, who gave Montowski double the sentence she requested in a plea for leniency.

After the attack, Lanum and Montowski fled in the woman's van to the Shenandoah National Park. Lanum was killed when he pointed a shotgun at police.


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