NM woman pleads guilty in husband’s 2011 death

September 16, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman accused [auth] of killing her husband with a piece of firewood on the Navajo Nation has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Bertha Damon, of Mentmore, entered her plea Monday and didn’t have a plea agreement.

They say Damon and her husband of 24 years returned to their home after a night of drinking and began arguing on May 21, 2011.

During the argument, Damon was accused of repeatedly striking the victim in the head with a piece of firewood.

Authorities say he died as the result of multiple blunt-force trauma to the head.

Prosecutors say Damon’s sentencing has yet to be scheduled, but she’s facing up to 15 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

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