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Ryan woman pleads guilty to killing husband

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Revette Sauser pleaded guilty to killing her husband Revette Sauser pleaded guilty to killing her husband
MANCHESTER (KWWL) -

A Ryan woman charged in April with the murder of her husband pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to three charges. The plea came just minutes before the jury selection for her trial was set to start at the Delaware County Courthouse in Manchester.

Revette Sauser pleaded guilty to manslaughter, stemming from the death of her husband on April 3, 2011. Around 8:30 p.m. that evening, Delaware County sheriff's deputies responded to a home at 420 South Street in Ryan and found 59-year-old Terry Sauser had been shot in the chest. He died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

The Delaware County attorney's office initially charged Sauser with First Degree Murder, which carries a sentence of life in prison.

Wednesday morning, Delaware County attorney John Bernau said Sauser decided to take the deal proposed by the Assistant Attorney General, who assisted in this case.

According to the deal, Sauser will serve a maximum of 40 years in prison. She pleaded guilty to Kidnapping in the Second Degree, which is a Class B felony, carrying a maximum sentence of 25 years. Seventy percent of that sentence is mandatory, so Sauser will serve at least 17.5 years in prison.

She also pleaded guilty to Manslaughter, which is a Class C felony, with a maximum sentence of 10 years plus $150,000 in restitution.

The third and final charge to which she pleaded guilty, in accordance with the deal, is Going Armed with Intent, which is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years incarceration.

Sauser will serve these sentences consecutively. She did not seek concurrent sentences.

Sauser also waived the time between the plea and sentencing. According to the court order, Sauser will be transported to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale on Monday. From there, she will be transferred to the custody of the Director of the Department of Corrections for her initial evaluation and eventual placement.

Bernau said the Sauser family expressed they were, "satisfied" with the outcome.

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