Woman sentenced for husband's death
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A judge sentenced a Mesilla woman Monday afternoon for the death of her husband in May 2011.
Kemberlee Guffey was sentenced to two years in prison and a year of probation after agreeing to a plea deal on involuntary manslaughter charges and tampering with evidence for the death of Padraic Guffey.
"If it would've been 15 years it wouldn't have made any difference because the pain never goes away," said Allene Guffey, Padraic's mother.
In a 911 call, Guffey called for help telling the dispatcher her husband had been outside and fell on a somewhat sharp object.
But prior to the dispatcher answering the call, Guffey could be heard saying she stabbed her husband.
Guffey would be treated at the hospital and would later die from a puncture wound to the heart.
At the time, Guffey was not arrested but months later investigators heard the tape and charged her with killing her husband and tampering with evidence after allegedly cleaning the blood from the scene.
Guffey said her husband had problems with alcohol and substance abuse and came home angry threatening her life.
At the sentencing hearing she said she had stabbed him with a letter opener and didn't intend to kill him.
Before the judge gave a sentence, Guffey apologized to the family and a full courtroom for having lied on what happened that night.
The judge allowed her to surrender into custody Tuesday.