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Canton woman sentenced to prison in fatal stabbing of 41-year-old woman

Cher Wagner was charged in the fatal stabbing of Kelly Avery.

CANTON, Ohio — *Editor's Note: The video in the player above is from a previous report that aired on June 1, 2021. 

A Canton woman was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday in Summit County Common Pleas Court under Judge Kelly McLaughline. 

33-year-old Cher Wagner of Shrob Avenue in Canton was sentenced after a grand jury found her guilty of murder and felonious assault last month. Wagner fatally stabbed 41-year-old Kelly Avery to death on June 30, 2020 after an argument at Avery's home on Euclid Avenue in Akron. According to reports, during the fight, Wagner chased  Avery down and stabbed her in the chest. 

“This was an awful tragedy which will impact Kelly’s family for years and years to come. Cher Wagner is a violent person and I’m pleased that she will spend a significant amount of time in prison,” said Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.

Wagner claimed self defense and plans to appeal, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. She will be eligible for parole after serving 15 years. 

*Editor's Note: The video in the player above is from a previous report. 

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