Lamar Co. woman sentenced for manslaughter

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LAMAR COUNTY, TX-- A Lamar County woman will serve five years in prison for the shooting death of her husband two years ago.

The District Court Clerk's Office says, 42-year-old Kathleen Erskine, of Arthur City, was set to go to trial Monday for murder, but accepted a plea deal Wednesday. She pled guilty to a lesser manslaughter charge.

Investigators say in August of 2012 they found 41-year-old Rocky Vigil dead inside his home, after Erskine told a work crew she shot her husband.

Judge Will Baird handed down the 5-year prison sentence for manslaughter. That's a second degree felony in Texas that's punishable by up to 20 years in prison.