Ashley Woman Gets Probation For Deadly Stabbing
WILKES-BARRE — The girlfriend of a man fatally stabbed in the chest during a domestic dispute was sentenced Thursday to a probationary sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
Haley Ann Rimmer, 39, of Ashley, previously pleaded guilty to a count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 31-year-old Brian Allen Breymeier, who was killed during an ongoing dispute at their apartment the morning of May 20.
Luzerne County President Judge Richard M. Hughes III sentenced Rimmer on Thursday to six to 12 months in the Intermediate Punishment Program, which allows offenders to remain out of prison under strict guidelines and conditions.
As part of her sentence, Rimmer will be subject to electronic monitoring and must reimburse Breymeier’s family for his funeral expenses.
The manslaughter charge, a misdemeanor, did not allege Rimmer intentionally stabbed Breymeier, but that she acted in a “reckless or grossly negligent manner” that resulted in his death.
Assistant District Attorney Gene Molino said the evidence in the case did not show that Rimmer acted with a specific intent to kill.
“There was a fight. There was definitely a physical altercation between the two of them,” Molino said. “At some point she had the knife in her hands. Whether she meant to do it or it was more of a struggle and it slipped and went into him, we don’t know. But that’s why that charge — the involuntary (manslaughter) — was for acting in a reckless or grossly negligent manner.”
Court documents describe a tumultuous relationship between Breymeier and Rimmer. About a month before the stabbing, Rimmer took out a restraining order against Breymeier over allegations that he began smashing things and cutting himself while accusing her of cheating.
“There was definitely that domestic violence history between the two of them,” Molino said. “She’s never had anything against her. It was always against him.”
According to the charges, the dispute that led to the stabbing began the day before Breymeier died. The couple began arguing because Breymeier used money that was intended for a birthday party, a baby sitter and a concert to instead buy cocaine and things for his motorcycle, according to prosecutors.
The fight escalated when Breymeier manipulated Rimmer’s Facebook page and damaged her car, prosecutors said. Rimmer responded by knocking over Breymeier’s motorcycle, according to prosecutors.
The dispute continued into the morning of May 20, when Breymeier tore up a pack of cigarettes and threw them at Rimmer while she was bathing, prosecutors said.
The altercation that led to Breymeier’s death began when he began cutting up the living room rug with a steak knife, prosecutors said. During the altercation, Breymeier smashed Rimmer’s phone and then collapsed from being stabbed in the chest, according to prosecutors.
Breymeier’s daughter reported she saw Rimmer picking up the knife, and Breymeier’s stepson told police he heard him yell, “She stabbed me,” according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors say that after the stabbing Rimmer got a family member to call 911 before performing CPR on Breymeier.
Molino said Rimmer, who had no criminal history, cooperated with police from the beginning. When she appeared in court Thursday, she was remorseful and accepted responsibility for her actions, he said.
“Given the totality of the circumstances, that was definitely the appropriate charge,” Molino said. “That was the most we could ever prove at a trial. But she decided to accept responsibility.”