AMES, Iowa — A jury has convicted an Ames woman of voluntary manslaughter for killing her husband.

The Story County jury returned the verdict Wednesday against 36-year-old Candace Cummings in the second day of deliberations. Cummings was charged with first-degree murder for killing 36-year-old Harland “Jesse” Cummings. Prosecutors say she shot him as he slept.

Her sentencing is scheduled for July 17.

Candace Cummings told investigators she killed her husband because of stress in their marriage and the years of abuse she’d suffered at his hands.

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