RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman who was indicted in 2017 on charges of fatally shooting her husband has pleaded no contest to take a sentencing deal offered by prosecutors.
Peggy Lee Shores, 55, appeared by video link from a South Burlington jail on Thursday to plead no contest to a charge of manslaughter for fatally shooting her husband in 2016 at their home in Mount Tabor, the Rutland Herald reported.
“I just want to give up my four-year fight to prove my innocence because I want to get home. That’s not going to happen with COVID so all the things you’re saying, ‘Yes,’” Shores said to the judge confirming that she understood the commitment she was making to plead no contest.
As a condition of the plea agreement, Shores signed a form listing the facts that prosecutors said they would have sought to prove in a trial, the newspaper reported. Those included that Shores was at home with her husband David Shores, that she was standing at the top of the basement stairs and that she fired a gun at him as he was walking up the stairs.
A plea of no contest in Vermont does not require a defendant to confirm the facts as alleged, the newspaper reported. Shores has said her husband was walking up the stairs with the gun when he tripped and shot himself.
Members of his family have appeared at her past court appearances to show support for her, though none were in attendance on Thursday, the newspaper reported.
The prosecutor and Steve Howard, an attorney for Shores, declined to comment to the newspaper.