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A young mother sobbed and promised the family of the man she stabbed to death during a chaotic road rage confrontation two years ago that she would take it all back if she could. Instead, a judge sentenced her today to nearly 16 years in prison.
Maggie M. Tyler, 28, stood before Superior Court Judge Kathleen O’Connor and read a letter she had prepared for her sentencing after being convicted by a jury in April of second-degree murder in connection with the July 6, 2009, slaying of Vitaly Shevchuk in Spokane. Tyler had argued at her trial that she was defending herself, but jurors rejected it.
“If I could turn back time, I would do that in a heart beat,” Tyler said as she cried. “None of this should have happened and I am so very sorry that it did.
Spokane County Superior Court Judge Kathleen O’Connor described a series of random events that came together two years ago in an altercation that left a 24-year-old man dead and resulted in a 21-year prison sentence for the convicted felon who brought a knife to a fistfight.
The judge last week sentenced Matthew M. Nedeau, 26, to 252 months in prison after a Spokane jury convicted him in April of second-degree murder in connection with the July 6, 2009, slaying of Vitaly Shevchuk.
“All of us in this room shake our heads,” O’Connor said. “This didn’t have to happen.”
The families on three sides of a stabbing death of a Spokane man sobbed Friday as a jury returned guilty verdicts against the man and woman who fought the man they killed in 2009.
The jury found Matthew M. Nedeau and Maggie M. Tyler, both 26, guilty of second-degree murder in connection to the July 6, 2009, slaying of 24-year-old Vitaly Shevchuk. Tyler is pictured.
“I am really, really sorry for their mothers,” said Lyudmila Shevchuk, the mother of the victim. “They are not the enemy. From all my heart, I pray for them every night for strength. But their children are still alive.”
Two accused killers are on trial in Spokane County Superior Court this week for a July 2009 stabbing death.
Lawyers for Maggie Mae Tyler, 26, (pictured) and Matthew M. Nedeau, 26, say the two acted in self defense during the fight that killed Vitaly M. Shevchuk, 24.
Shevchuk died from a stab wound to the neck, which Nedeau's lawyer, John Stine, said was inflicted by Tyler after she saw Shevchuk readying to assault Nedeau with an iron pipe.
But Deputy Prosecutor Tom Treppiedi, who is handling the case with Deputy Prosecutor Eugene Cruz, said Tyler and Nedeau “continually escalated their aggression toward Vitaly Shevchuk.”
He said evidence will show that Shevchuk was trying to retreat from the fight at East 5th Avenue and South Greene Street July 6.
Shevchuk's friend Peggy Hill was first to testify after opening statements Tuesday afternoon. Also expected to testify is Savannah Frye, who was in the car with Tyler and Nedeau at the time of the confrontation.
Nathan Gilstrap also was with the group, but he was shot to death last summer. His murder still is unsolved.
Hill and Shevchuk were walking to Fred Meyer to buy cigarettes when the suspects drove by in a red Toyota, and Shevchuk yelled something at them. The car turned around, and the fight ensued. Shevchuk was stabbed in the back, then hurled a rock through the car's back window, according to testimony.
He was then stabbed in the neck and died at a hospital the next day. Judge Kathleen O'Connor is presiding over the trial. Kari Reardon is representing Tyler.
Tyler was featured in the Discovery Channel's “Behind Bars” episode filmed at the Spokane County Jail. Her relationship with her inmate boyfriend was profiled in what the show's announcer said proves “that love in lock down is still possible.”