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Woman Kills Husband Because Of Text

A woman who killed her husband because she was furious about a text message has pled guilty to the crime.

Fifty-seven-year-old Tammy Lynn Talford of Knoxville pled guilty this week to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter. Talford had been looking at a second-degree murder charge in the death of her husband, Lawrence Talford.

In a deal cut with prosecutors, Tammy Talford received a sentence of 15 years in prison and agreed to remand the proceeds of the life insurance she collected for her husband's death to his family.

Note that this sentence is at the high end of the penalty range for voluntary manslaughter. Talford already had a notable criminal record, so she is required to serve 45% of her sentence before she will be eligible for parole.

In a preliminary hearing in the case, the Knoxville Police Department pointed out that the original report was that the April 2015 shooting at the couple's home was an accident. Knoxville police investigator Chas Terry's testified that Tammy Talford told arriving officers that she and her husband were passing a .38-caliber handgun back and forth, and then gun discharged.

She eventually admitted she had shot and killed her husband in a fit of anger.

Source: USA Today
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