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No-contest plea entered in love-triangle slaying

WILMINGTON - A former college student from Russia has pleaded no contest to manslaughter charges in the death of her rival in a love triangle involving two other students from the former Soviet Union.

Delaware Superior Court President Judge James Vaughn sentenced Irina Malinovskaya yesterday to five years in prison with credit for time served. She will be released in 10 months.

Malinovskaya has been tried three times for the slaying of Temple University student Irina Zlotnikov in December 2004, but each trial ended in a mistrial. By pleading no contest, she did not admit guilt but said there was enough evidence for conviction. Prosecutors accused Malinovskaya of stalking Robert Bondar and Zlotnikov outside the couple's apartment before Zlotnikov was found naked and dead inside the apartment.

- AP