Dec 18, 2012 10:15 AM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The girlfriend of a Houston man accused of fatally stabbing a decorated Marine wearing his dress blues in the French Quarter has been sentenced to 26 months in prison.
23-year-old Helaina Amrine pleaded guilty this summer to obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact, for helping destroy evidence of the crime.
On Monday, state District Judge Ben Willard offered her credit for the two years she has already served, so Amrine will be eligible for release in a matter of weeks.
Amrine agreed to testify against Melvin Clay and in exchange prosecutors capped the possible sentence she could serve at five years.
Clay was convicted earlier this month of second-degree murder for the stabbing death of 23-year-old Sgt. Ryan Lekosky.
Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com