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 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 (http://bit.ly/16eLUtO ) 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.