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Woman Kills Husband Over Text Message

A Tennessee woman has pleaded guilty to killing her husband over a text message.

Tammy Lynn Talford, 57, of Knoxville, pleaded guilty in Knox County Criminal Court to voluntary manslaughter, USA Today reports. Talford was originally charged with second-degree murder, but pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

Telford was sentenced to 15 years in prison for fatally shooting her husband, Lawrence 'Leon' Talford, 52. As part of the plea, she agreed to turn over the proceeds from Leon's life insurance policy to his family.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Talford shot her husband at their home in April 2015 during an argument over a text message he sent to another woman. The text message reportedly concluded with, "I love you."

Many of Leon Talford's family members have reportedly disputed claims that he was texting another woman at all.

During the argument, Tammy retrieved a .38-caliber handgun from a nightstand and shot her husband in his chest. Leon was later pronounced dead at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

In court on June 6, Tammy said she did not intend to kill her husband when she shot him.

Sources; USA Today, Knoxville News Sentinel / Photo Credit: Knox County Sheriff's Office via USA Today

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