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Nevada woman sentenced for roommate’s death

MINDEN — A Gardnerville woman has been sentenced to six to 20 years in prison for the December 2013 shooting death of her male roommate.

Douglas District Judge Michael Gibbons imposed the sentence Thursday on 30-year-old Nicole Followill.

In August, she pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of 33-year-old Jason Thrift, a Marine veteran of the war in Iraq.

Followill said she acted in self-defense because he had beaten her multiple times and threatened to kill her.

But Gardnerville’s Record-Courier reported District Attorney Mark Jackson said Thursday that Thrift had been struck and bitten several times during a fight before finally punching Followill in the face.

She shot Thrift once in the forehead with a 9 mm Glock handgun as he followed her into the Gardnerville home they shared.

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