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Duluth woman gets almost 11 years for role in fatal stabbing

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DULUTH -- A Duluth woman was sentenced Thursday to just shy of 11 years in prison for helping to set up a fatal stabbing in 2012.

Joella Tucker, 32, pleaded guilty in March to aiding and abetting second-degree murder in the killing of Kevin Tyman, who died Dec. 21, 2012, after a single stab wound to his abdomen resulted in the laceration of his liver.

State District Judge Mark Munger sentenced Tucker to 130 months in prison, and she gave a lengthy apology to Tyman’s family in court Thursday.

“I cannot put into words how sorry I am,” Tucker said, her words barely audible under her loud sobbing. “I am so very sorry.”

Tyman, 54, was stabbed to death at his Duluth apartment. Tucker testified that she believed he had sexually assaulted her sister and molested her son, allegations that have proven to be unsubstantiated. Tucker testified that she recruited the help of Raymond Weeks to confront Tyman, but claimed she did not intend for him to be killed.

Weeks, 42, of Two Harbors, was sentenced last week to 30 years in prison for second-degree murder.