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Woman gets death penalty in pillow and sword slayings

January 19, 2012 |  4:59 pm

Manling Tsang WilliamsA San Gabriel Valley woman convicted of killing her husband with a sword and smothering her two boys with a pillow was sentenced Thursday to death.

Manling Tsang Williams, 31, was convicted in November 2010 of killing her 27-year-old husband and two sons, who were 3 and 7.

The slayings occurred Aug. 8,  2007, at the family's Rowland Heights home, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

Husband Neal Williams was slain with a sword, prosecutors said. Children Devon Williams, and Ian Williams were smothered with a pillow while they lay in their bunk beds.

Manling Williams called authorities to report that she had found the bodies after she returned home from shopping.

A jury deliberated for five days before voting for the death penalty in August.

The sentence was imposed by Pomona Superior Court Judge Robert M. Martinez.


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Photo: Manling Tsang Williams in 2007 booking photo. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department