- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) - A Burlington woman has pleaded guilty to killing a man who is being honored for his heroism in Canada.

The Times-News of Burlington reported (http://bit.ly/1CAQokF) that Jasmine Camille Kirkland, 25, pleaded to charges Wednesday in the shooting death of 33-year-old Anthony Williams in 2013.

Kirkland entered an Alford plea, which does not admit guilty but concedes that there is enough evidence for a conviction. She was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison, with a maximum sentence of 25 years.

Williams will be honored with the Canadian Medal of Bravery on Friday. He and his father pulled an unconscious woman from her burning vehicle a 2011 wreck. Kenneth Williams will accept the award for his son. They were on their annual hunting trip to Canada when they came across the wreck.

Prosecutors say Kirkland had reported that Williams had shot and killed himself during an argument they had because she was moving out.

That’s the same thing she told Kenneth Williams about his son’s death, he testified Wednesday.

Detectives say she changed her story after she was questioned more closely.

“I’m so sorry. I never meant for this to happen,” Kirkland tearfully told the family in court Wednesday. “I’m so sorry. I hope one day you’ll be able to forgive me. I’m so sorry.”

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Information from: Times-News, http://www.thetimesnews.com

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