Portland woman to serve 4 years for stabbing boyfriend

Posted Feb. 06, 2013, at 9:04 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A local woman was sentenced Wednesday at the Cumberland County courthouse to 15 years in prison with all but four years suspended after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend more than a year ago.

Lisa Anne McDonald, 49, also was sentenced to five years of probation, according to the Maine Attorney General’s Office.

Superior Court Justice Roland Cole accepted the plea agreement negotiated between Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea and defense attorney Verne Paradie of Lewiston.

McDonald entered the plea less than three weeks before her jury trial was scheduled to begin with jury selection on Feb. 22.

By pleading guilty, McDonald admitted that she stabbed her boyfriend, Carlos Ramos, 47, once in the chest on Nov. 28, 2011.

Zainea said Wednesday that McDonald had been found competent to stand trial following a court-ordered mental health evaluation.

McDonald faced up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 on the manslaughter charge.