NM woman enters plea deal in husband’s 2011 death

August 23, 2013 • State News

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Mesilla woman accused of killing her husband in 2011 has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter and evidence tampering.

Prosecutors say 45-year-old Kemberlee Guffey reached a plea [auth] deal Wednesday, two days before jury selection was set to begin in her murder trial.

Guffey is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 30 and could face up to a 36-month prison sentence with a minimum of 18 months.

Authorities charged Guffey with an open count of murder in January 2012.

That was six months after the death of 42-year-old Padraic “Pad” Guffey outside the couple’s Mesilla home.

The Las Cruces Sun-News ( ) says Kemberlee Guffey called 911 in May 2011 to report her husband had fallen and punctured his chest. She later admitted to fighting with her spouse.

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