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Woman admits killing Mount Ivy ex-beau

Jodyann Hemmings, of New York City, plead guilty

Jodyann Hemmings, of New York City, plead guilty to manslaughter and arson in a fatal fire that killed a Pomona man. Photo Credit: Rockland District Attoerney

A Manhattan woman will serve 15 years in prison after admitting in court Monday that she killed her ex-boyfriend and then set fire to his Mount Ivy apartment.

Jodyann Hemmings, 24, of Manhattan, pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter and arson in the County Courthouse in New City, the Rockland County district attorney's office said.

The ex-boyfriend, Jason Ognenoff, 37, was found dead in his living room on Aug. 18, 2011, when firefighters arrived to extinguish a blaze. Prosecutors said Hemmings had struck him with a figurine and stabbed him with a steak knife.

The fire reportedly damaged several other units in Ognenoff's apartment building as well.

Hemmings, who graduated from North Rockland High School, fled but was arrested six days later near her Harlem home.

Hemmings originally was charged with murder, but the charge was lowered after doctors found she had been suffering from extreme emotional disturbance.

The plea bargain calls for a 15-year sentence and five years' supervision afterward, according to the district attorney's office.

Hemmings will formally be sentenced Aug. 23.



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