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Ashley Wright pleads guilty

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LAWTON, Okla_The trial of a Lawton woman accused of killing her one-year-old son took an unexpected turn in Comanche County District Court Monday. Instead of standing trial, Ashley Wright pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death.

The child died in January of 2011. Investigators say Wright initially told them another child had hit the boy in the head with a hammer. But police say she later confessed to hitting the baby and throwing him on the floor. The court accepted her plea and the district attorney's recommendation for punishment, 30 years in prison.

Wright also pleaded guilty to child abuse charges. For that, she was sentenced to 15 years in prison. That sentence will be served concurrently with the 30 year sentence.

Monday's plea is not the first twist in Wright's case. She had been scheduled to stand trial back in June, but that trial was delayed after a key witness refused to testify because of another pending case.

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