- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - An attorney for a woman charged with voluntary manslaughter in the 2013 death of her husband has filed a motion asking for a judge to reconsider the charge and her jail sentence.

Media outlets report a hearing to reconsider Heather Sims’ charge is Wednesday. She was found guilty last month in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old David Sims Jr. at their Conway home.

The motion claims charging Sims with voluntary manslaughter was an error and there was a lack of “middle ground” between prosecutors who sought a first-degree murder conviction and the defense’s position of self-defense. The motion also asks for a shorter sentence than 10 years with five years’ probation.

Heather Sims claimed she shot her husband in the chest in August 2013, in self-defense, after the couple fought.

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