Jury finds Town of Tonawanda man guilty

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. -- A jury has found a Town of Tonawanda man guilty of fatally stabbing his girlfriend last year, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. 

John Avent , 50, was found guilty of second-degree murder after the jury deliberated for about two hours, following a trail that lasted nearly a week. 

Avent was convicted of stabbing his girlfriend, 51-year-old Roberta Rybinski, in their Newell Avenue apartment. The incident happened sometime between March 3 and March 8, 2016. 

Avent faces 25 years to life behind bars when he hears his sentence on April 21 from Judge Kenneth Case. 


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