A North Bellmore woman has pleaded guilty to manslaughter
and other charges for stabbing
her ex-husband to death
during an argument in November 2011.
According to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Nancy Boland, 57,
pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to the entire indictment against her, including
manslaughter in the first degree, aggravated criminal contempt, criminal
contempt in the first degree, three counts of tampering with physical evidence
and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.
The guilty plea came in exchange for a promised sentence of seven years in
prison. The DA’s office recommended a 12-year sentence.
Rice said that in the late evening of Nov. 16, 2011, Boland and her ex-husband,
Walter Boland, with whom she still lived on Waltoffer Avenue, got into an
The argument escalated when she claimed that he threatened her with a
sharp-bladed instrument. Nancy Boland said that she grabbed it out his hand and
stabbed him with it once in the abdomen, driving it upward and four inches
deep, Rice said.
Nancy Boland, against whom her ex-husband had a valid order of protection, told
police that he refused to be taken to the hospital and that she left him at
home to go to work the following day. When she returned home, she found Walter
unresponsive, Rice said.
After dressing him and attempting to feed him, she concluded that he was dead,
waiting until after dark to then drag his body to her mother’s car, Rice said.
She dumped his body on the Wantagh State Parkway bike path north of Sunrise
Highway where it was found by a jogger in the early morning of Nov. 18.
After stabbing the victim, Boland told family, friends and co-workers that he
had stormed off after an argument and hadn’t returned, Rice said. When his body
was discovered, Boland told them that she was worried it might be her
“Nancy Boland’s conduct after the killing of her ex-husband proves that this
was no accident and not self-defense,” Rice said. “She attempted to cover her
tracks by lying to family and friends about her ex-husband’s whereabouts, and
then dumped him on the side of the road like a piece of trash.”
Boland will be sentenced March 13.
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