Knoller to be sentenced Monday

Marjorie Knoller, the 53-year-old San Francisco woman convicted of second-degree murder for the 2002 dog mauling of her neighbor, will be sentenced today.

Knoller was convicted in 2002 for the death of Diane Whipple. Whipple, 33, was mauled to death by at least one of Knoller’s and her husband’s two large dogs in the hallway of her Pacific Heights apartment building Jan. 26, 2001.

Knoller’s conviction was subsequently reduced to an involuntary manslaughter conviction. She served three years in state prison before being released on parole. Last year, the state Supreme Court ruled that the judge who reduced Knoller’s conviction used the wrong standard and ordered a new hearing.

Last month, a San Francisco Superior Court judge reinstated the second-degree murder conviction and Knoller returned to jail. She faces 15 years to life in prison.

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