‘I’m sick of him:’ McKeesport woman gets up to 15 years in fatal 2017 stabbing of boyfriend
A McKeesport woman who declared, “I’m sick of him,” after she stabbed her boyfriend to death in a South Side apartment building will spend at least 7 ½ years in prison, a judge ruled Thursday.
Cassandra Locke, 53, faces up to 15 years in prison for the Nov. 7, 2017, death of Daryl Waite at the Brew House Lofts. Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel found her guilty of voluntary manslaughter last month in a non-jury trial.
“My cousin Sandy stabbed her boyfriend,” a witness told police when they arrived on scene, according to the initial criminal complaint.
Locke and Waite, 49, arrived at the witness’s apartment about 6 p.m., the witness said, and the trio shared a case of beer, according to the criminal complaint. She said Locke and Waite had a volatile relationship, which on that night was aggravated by the alcohol.
The couple began to fight, the witness said, and she soon saw Waite run out of her front door, leaving a trail of blood behind him, according to the complaint.
“(The witness) asked Locke, ‘Sandy, what did you do?’” police wrote in the complaint. “Locke responded something to the effect of, ‘I’m sick of him.’”
The witness said Locke then put on her boots and jacket and took off, according to the complaint.
Police said the blood trail was extensive, leading from the apartment, throughout the third floor, into the elevator and in the lobby, where someone found Waite and called 911.
The witness began cleaning her apartment, afraid she’d lose her Section 8 housing voucher and “become homeless due to the bloodshed,” according to the complaint. She told police she wasn’t trying to destroy evidence.
Investigators later found security footage showing Locke outside the apartment building’s trash room with a knife.
Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.