Woman gets more than 30 years in Duluth stabbing

News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Nicole Leone Revello
Nicole Leone Revello

A Marquette, Mich., woman received the maximum guideline prison sentence Monday for fatally stabbing a Duluth woman in June.

Nicole Leone Revello, 30, pleaded guilty June 28 to intentional second-degree murder in the June 2 death of 46-year-old Lisa Kay Davis in a Central Hillside apartment. On Monday afternoon, Judge Eric Hylden gave Revello a 367-month sentence, more than 30 years, the maximum guideline sentence for someone with no prior criminal history.

Several members of Davis’ family were present at the sentencing, crying and comforting each other during the proceeding. Two of them spoke about the loss of their daughter and mother before Hylden sentenced Revello.

“Nothing will bring my daughter back,” Davis’ mother, Marge Shoots, said. “I could hate Ms. Revello, but I don’t.”

Revello has problems, Shoots said. “I hope she finds help for her problems.”

Davis’ oldest daughter, Misti Davis, struggled to compose herself before making her statement.

“I’ll never be able to hug my mother again,” she said. “I don’t understand how someone could do that to my mom.”

Assistant County Attorney Kristen Swanson read a statement from another daughter, Amber, who wrote about the anger, confusion, hurt, depression and loneliness dealt with since Davis’ murder.

Revello, dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit and shackled, also spoke.

“I sincerely regret what took place,” said Revello, her voice cracking. “I apologize from the depth of my soul.”

Revello said the stabbing never would have happened if she wasn’t under the influence of synthetic drugs at the time.

Swanson told the court that the use of synthetic drugs doesn’t change the fact that Davis was killed.

Police officers responded to the stabbing scene at 108½ E. Fifth St. just before noon June 2. At least three occupants of the residence were present at the time of the stabbing. One witness told police that Revello and Davis had a heated argument earlier in the morning and the defendant brandished a hammer at Davis. That witness said after he returned to his bedroom, Davis opened the door and said that Revello had stabbed her. He said the victim fell into his arms. He saw Revello holding a knife, which he removed from her hand. He said the defendant grabbed another knife, and he hollered, “Don’t stab me!”

According to the criminal complaint, Revello admitted to stabbing Davis and went on to say, “I killed her.” An investigator asked the defendant if she intended to kill the victim. She reportedly replied: “Yeah, yeah, and I had to shut her up.”

Revello said she chose to stab Davis in the back because “I heard it on TV and obviously it’s a good (expletive) area.”

When asked why she didn’t help the victim after she stabbed her, Revello told police “that wasn’t the point.”

Before imposing a sentence, Hylden told Revello that he was struck by the cold and calculating way in which the stabbing was done. Nothing is more important or precious that a human life, he said.

Revello had agreed to a 367-month sentence when she pleaded guilty. She will serve at least two-thirds of the time in prison and the remainder on supervised release. She will receive credit for 107 days spent in jail.

At the time Revello pleaded guilty, the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office was prepared to present the case to a grand jury for a potential intentional first-degree murder indictment. If Revello had been convicted of that crime, she would have received a mandatory life sentence.

During her statement, Misty Davis said the family didn’t have the strength to push for a first-degree murder indictment.

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