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DC woman, 68, gets 10 years for killing boyfriend with a baseball bat, high on ‘love boat’

Walter Mack Clark (Photo courtesy of Quinnie Clark)

A D.C. woman was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter for beating her boyfriend to death with a baseball bat while she was high on "love boat."

When police responded to a call in February 2017 to investigate a report of a disturbance in a house in Northeast, Thomasine Bennett, who is now 68, directed them to a barricaded closet where they found Walter M. Clark, 63, with his hands tied and in a fetal position, suffering from multiple blunt force injuries. He was unconscious and unresponsive, police said.

Bennett told police she had beaten Clark with a baseball bat over a period of a day and a half after he made her smoke “love boat” the previous night. She was reportedly referring to a mixture of marijuana and embalming fluid.

Clark was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Bennett pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter in July 2017 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. A plea agreement submitted to the judge called for a 10-year sentence.

Superior Court Judge José M. Lopez accepted the plea and sentenced her to 10 years. After she has served her prison term, Bennett will be placed on five years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced the sentencing in a statement released Friday afternoon.

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