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WOMAN ADMITS GUILT IN HUSBAND'S SLAYING

January 8, 2000
Chicago Tribune

A Bloomingdale woman pleaded guilty but mentally ill Friday in the 1998 shooting death of her estranged husband, an admission that saves her from the death penalty.

Ann Jones, 56, broke into her husband Michael's home Aug. 23, 1998, and shot him 10 times while he slept, authorities said.

Psychiatric experts concluded that Jones was not insane, but they disagreed on whether she was mentally ill, a condition state law defines as "substantial disorder of thought, mood or behavior" that impaired the defendant's ability to comprehend her actions at the time of the offense.

DuPage County State's Atty. Joseph Birkett said he will seek a life prison term. Jones' sentencing is set for Feb. 25.

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