State College woman sentenced to state prison in connection with Lemont stabbing

mmorgan@centredaily.comDecember 22, 2012 

The girlfriend of a man in prison for murder was sentenced Friday to nine to 19 years in a state correctional facility for her role in the drug-related killing, Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in a news release.

Fatima Ghoul pleaded guilty in October to multiple felonies including conspiring to commit robbery with Tyler Marlatt, delivery of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and terroristic threats.

The pair tracked down Tyler Struble, after he didn’t pay Ghoul in a marijuana deal, and tried to rob him of the drugs and his money, according to the release. Both armed with knives, the couple yelled for Struble to come out of his Lemont residence and physically attacked him.

During the struggle, Marlatt stabbed Struble in the neck, and the 20-year-old died from his injuries. Marlatt is serving a life sentence for the killing.

A search warrant of their home revealed 30 grams of marijuana and smaller amounts of synthetic marijuana and prescription pills.

Parks Miller said she is pleased with the Ghoul sentence and hopes that Struble’s family will now have closure.

“Fatima Ghoul not only sparked Tyler Marlatt’s rage, but callously fueled the fire that took Tyler Struble away from his loved ones,” Parks Miller said in the release. “A stabbing over a $20 marijuana drug deal gone bad is the epitome of the phrase ‘senseless death.’ ”

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