BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A woman who was originally charged with murder for fatally stabbing her husband has been sentenced to less than a year in jail after pleading guilty to assault.
The Bellingham Herald reports that 25-year-old Jessica Nereyda Inda pleaded guilty Monday in Whatcom County Superior Court to second-degree assault (domestic violence) and was sentenced to nine months in jail with 1 ½ years of probation. Inda is eligible for work release and has to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.
She was previously charged with second-degree murder (domestic violence) for the death of her husband, 26-year-old Alberto Manuel Mora-Morales. Her reduced charge was part of a plea deal.
Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Richey said that while Inda admitted to stabbing her husband, he didn’t believe the prosecution would be able to get a conviction if the case went to trial because Inda said she acted in self-defense.