(WHBC) – A Canton woman charged with murder in connection with the death of her husband avoided conviction on the most serious charge against her but will still be serving a prison sentence.
A Stark County jury convicted Classie Hawthorne of voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and improperly handing a firearm in a vehicle
The 34-year-old was acquitted of the murder charge she was facing.
Hawthorne was sentenced to 13 years in prison; 10 years for voluntary manslaughter and three years for the firearm specification.
Hawthorne shot her husband, Cleveland, in a church parking lot near their home on Concord Avenue SW last May.
She said he had held a knife to her throat and choked her before she shot him.
The two had what one prosecutor called a “toxic” relationship.