Wife Who Killed Husband Over Text From Another Woman Gets 15 Years in Prison
A Tennessee woman who fatally shot her husband over a text message sent to another woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Tammy Lynn Talford, 57, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of her husband, Leon Talford, in Knox County Criminal Court on Monday.
Mrs. Talford shot and killed her husband in April 2015 after prosecutors said she found a message to another woman on his phone that read, "I love you."
Talford's husband had suffered a gunshot wound to his upper chest before police say she tried to claim initially that the shooting was an accident.
The story eventually changed under interrogation, when authorities say Mrs. Talford admitted to shooting the 52-year-old after discovering the message.
However, Talford claimed even Monday that she never intended to kill her husband.
Mrs. Talford must serve at least 45 percent of her 15 year sentence before she is eligible for parole.