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Wife guilty of murder: 'I chose to do something horrible that day'

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

The Vancouver woman charged with beating her husband to death with a hammer pleaded guilty in court.

Police arrested Donna Rae Williams in May 2012 after she called 911 and admitted bludgeoning Mark Williams while he slept.

Donna Rae Williams, 52, was brought into the courtroom in handcuffs and shackles Thursday to change her plea on the charge of murder.

She then made an emotional apology.

"I chose to do something horrible that day. I had choices I could have made. I should have made different choices. I should have made a better choice that day and I didn't. And because I didn't, I will have to live in jail for the rest of my life. So be it. But I want you all to know that I love you all," she said.

Investigators said Donna Rae Williams called 911 May 30, 2012, to report she'd beaten her husband to death with a hammer two weeks earlier.

Court documents show that Mark Williams punched his wife in the face and that when she saw the bruises, she became enraged and attacked him.

Investigators said after a few blows with the hammer, Mark Williams was still breathing. She then went to the convenience store and returned to find her husband still alive, so she attacked him again.

Donna Rae Williams was sentenced immediately after changing her plea Thursday. She will spend 25 years in prison, with credit for time already served.

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