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Dubuque woman gets 30 years for beating ex-husband to death

Published:Tuesday | May 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP):

A Dubuque woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after admitting she beat her ex-husband to death with a baseball bat.

The Telegraph Herald reports 64-year-old Dolores A. Flynn apologised in court yesterday before she was sentenced, saying "If I could take it back, I would."

Judge Michael Shubatt sentenced her to the 30 years recommended in a plea deal. Shubatt noted, "No one deserves to be beaten to death with a baseball bat."

Flynn initially was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 72-year-old Gary Breckenridge on January 4, 2016. She pleaded guilty last month to voluntary manslaughter, willful injury and assault.

Breckenridge died at the home he shared with Flynn.

Flynn says she wanted to apologise to the couple's children for her actions.