FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A North Texas woman has pleaded guilty in the shooting death of her husband after initially claiming an intruder was responsible.
Michele Marie Williams of Keller pleaded Tuesday to charges that include deadly conduct and tampering with evidence after reaching a deal with Tarrant County prosecutors. She faces 20 years in prison when sentenced in April.
The 44-year-old Williams originally told investigators in October 2011 that an intruder struck her in the head before shooting her husband, Gregory Williams. She later said he committed suicide and she staged the break-in so that their 4-year-old daughter would not know he shot himself.
As part of the deal, Williams must relinquish any right to her husband's insurance benefits.
Prosecutors say they were unable to charge Williams with murder because she destroyed incriminating evidence.
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