• Ashworth sentenced for husband's beating death

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  • An Independence woman was sentenced to eight years in prison for beating her husband to death with a hammer.
    Catherine Ashworth did not speak during sentencing Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court. She pleaded guilty in November to manslaughter for killing her husband, 64-year-old Ronnie Ashworth Sr., in August of 2010.
    She said that she hit her husband several times in the head with a hammer after they argued about infidelity.
    Ashworth was charged with second-degree murder before accepting a plea deal.
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