- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) - A northern Michigan woman has pleaded guilty to murdering her husband, accepting a deal with prosecutors that spares her the possibility of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Emmet County Prosecutor Jim Linderman and Sheriff Pete Wallin say that Carol Kopenkoskey made the plea Wednesday in circuit court in Petoskey.

She was originally charged with first-degree murder in the October 2012 shooting of 58-year-old Lyle Kopenkoskey.

Her guilty plea to second-degree murder means she could get up to life in prison but would be eligible for parole. Her sentencing is Feb. 25.

Lyle Kopenkoskey’s body was found near his pickup truck in Emmet County’s Resort Township, northeast of Traverse City. His family reported him missing after he failed to report to work or return home.

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