MUSKOGEE, OK -- A 70-year-old Gore woman entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court to assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault and battery after beating her husband with a wooden stick.
Gussie Mae Kelley "deliberately and maliciously assaulted her 73-year-old husband," according to a news release from Sheldon J. Sperling, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.
Kelley's husband wounds included two lacerations that required multiple staples. He also had swelling and bruising to the head and body.
"The victim is physically recovering," Sperling said. "Violent crimes invariably leave scars. Some are readily apparent. Others - mental, emotional, psychological - are less obvious, debilitating, and enduring."
The charges arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Department. Kelley was indicted in June, 2010.
Sperling said a preliminary calculation of the sentencing guidelines predicts of 27-33 months imprisonment. The maximum punishment is up to 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
Kelley is on bond pending sentencing.