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Malpass gets nine years for Holloway murder

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A Wilmington woman pleaded guilty to murdering her boyfriend. Betty Malpass will face up to nine years in prison for the second-degree murder of Shane Holloway.

It’s been a year and a half since the murder. It happened at Betty’s mother’s home on Flemington Road.

She shot Shane Holloway once in the chest with a 22-caliber rifle.

“The only one to blame is Betty Malpass,” said Jasper Parker Holloway IV, the victim’s brother.

It’s case closed for Betty Louise Malpass after she pleaded guilty to shooting her boyfriend Shane Holloway in their living room.

“They were in an argument, he had the weapon, her gave it to her, and she shot him,” said Assistant District Attorney Joy Alford-Brand.

Betty’s family said Shane was abusive. They said she felt threatened, and was simply defending herself, but Shane’s family couldn’t disagree more.

“It can’t be self defense when you are sitting in a recliner,” Jasper Holloway said. Shane’s brother Jasper said his brother was a great guy, and doesn’t know why anyone would want to kill him.

Shane and Betty were dating for about five years; she was twenty years his senior.

According to her family, Betty had been in and out of mental hospitals her whole life. They said her mental state at the time might have contributed to Shane’s murder.

Jasper Holloway said he doesn’t think nine years behind bars is justice served, but he’s happy to see Betty Malpass be put away for now. “I’m just glad that it’s all over with, and things are going to be the way they are going to be.”

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videoA Wilmington woman pleaded guilty to murdering her boyfriend. Betty Malpass will face up to nine years in prison for the second-degree murder of Shane Holloway.

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