Woman gets 6 years for boyfriend's death, but most not behind bars

Knoxville woman gets 6 years for boyfriend's death, but most not behind bars

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Tyeisha Stewart cried in court, saying, "I'm sorry" and begged for forgiveness. Tyeisha Stewart cried in court, saying, "I'm sorry" and begged for forgiveness.
D'juansay Freeman (source: family) D'juansay Freeman (source: family)

By HANA KIM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville woman received the maximum six year sentence Friday for her voluntary manslaughter conviction in the 2007 stabbing of her boyfriend. However, she'll spend very little of it behind bars.

Tyeisha Stewart was convicted in June of stabbing D'juansay Freeman. She originally faced a second degree murder charge.

Although Judge Richard Baumgartner gave Stewart a six year sentence, five years of it is probation.

Stewart cried in court, saying, "I'm sorry" and begged for forgiveness.

Attorney Bruce Poston says she's only likely to spend about nine months behind bars due to credit for time served.

Poston also says Stewart will appeal the sentence.

Freeman's parents say they'll never accept the defense's version of what happened, saying Stewart had no choice but to protect herself from her physically abusive lover.

The judge agreed, saying Stewart and Freeman shared the blame for the violence in their relationship.

"There is not a day that goes by that something does not remind me of D," said his grandmother, Clara Bell. "The family has been hurt by this. It's a devastating blow. It's like walking around with a hole in your heart."

Stewart will be back in court on August 16. If her attorney appeals and she's given an appeal bond she can pay, she won't have to report to jail that day.

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