By Brian Quinn, Daily Reporter
BELMONT — It wasn't the hearing Allegany County District Attorney Keith Slep was anticipating when he walked into court Monday as the Donna Hahn manslaughter case continued.
“She pled guilty,” Slep said that afternoon following the brief session in Judge Terrence Parker's courtroom. “It was a surprise to me. We were expecting a Huntley Hearing (a hearing for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from a defendant).”
Instead, Hahn pleaded guilty to felony first-degree manslaughter in the Dec. 24, 2014, death of Duane A. Hurlburt, 44, of Andover. She fatally shot Hurlburt with a long gun at 3860 Swain Hill Road, the residence at which both of them lived.
“I was there with my witnesses for a Huntley Hearing. She admitted killing him. The judge took her plea,” Slep said.
Slep said the sentencing has been scheduled for Jan. 9 in Parker's courtroom. The district attorney said nothing else was brought up in court Monday.
Hahn's attorney, Canisteo attorney Edward Degnan, could not be reached for comment after the court session. No information was available on what kind of a plea agreement, if any, was in place.
In January, Hahn was granted more time to consider whether to accept a plea offer of 5 to 15 years in prison. She was told she had to decide by March or the criminal case would proceed.
On March 24, in county court, it looked as though she would plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter and accept a plea bargain. However, after Parker asked her questions about her intentions and whether she meant to cause physical harm to Hurlburt and heard her answers, he told Slep it didn't sound as if there was a resolution to the case. She was indicted by a grand jury in May for first-degree manslaughter and second-degree murder, both felonies.