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* Chet Turner Given 12 Years in Prison for Killing Girlfriend Avril Clary

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A Sausalito man faces a 12-year prison sentence in August for killing his girlfriend last year. Chet Turner, 49, pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter for the death of 46-year-old Avril Clary at their Bridgeway apartment on or around April 18, 2009, Deputy District Attorney A.J. Brady said. Turner’s trial was scheduled for the end of the month. He pleaded guilty and admitted to using a knife in exchange for the 12-year sentence. Two of Turner’s acquaintances testified at a preliminary hearing in September that Turner said he and Clary were depressed and planned to commit suicide together, Brady said. Turner told the acquaintances he killed Clary, who died of a wound on her neck, as part of a suicide pact, Brady said. Turner also suffered injuries to his neck, Brady said. Turner’s friend testified he asked her to pick him up outside the Sausalito apartment and they drove to her Richmond home where Turner told her about the suicide pact, Deputy Public Defender Beth Wissing-Healy said in September. The witnesses said Turner told her he cut his neck and wrist and later woke up, but Clary did not. An autopsy determined that Clary died of a single clean cut to her neck. There were no signs of a struggle or any other injuries, Wissing-Healy said. Turner’s friend then called Richmond police who notified Sausalito police. Sausalito police found Clary’s body in a bedroom and Turner was
arrested.

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