Teen gets 31 years for role in fatal stabbing

(HAMILTON, OH) -- A Hamilton teenager has been sentenced to 31 years in prison for her role in a fatal stabbing in West Chester.

Amber Rodriguez, 16, was sentenced to 30 years for aggravated murder and one additional year for theft. Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth also gave Rodriguez ten years each for kidnapping and aggravated burglary and three years for tampering with evidence, to run concurrent with the aggravated murder sentence.  The charge of aggravated robbery was merged for purposes of sentencing.

Prosecutors say she, along with two other co-defendants, bound Sabysachi Debnath with duct tape in a room at the Tri-County Inn last November, stabbing him multiple times, then stealing jewelry, credit cards and other items. They then used the credit cards to go on a shopping spree.

Rodriguez was bound over to adult court, where she was found guilty of the crime.

Co-defendant Michael Douglass received a life sentence without parole on Wednesday before Judge Hedric and the final defendant, Roger Whitten, is scheduled for trial August 11, 2008.