Wife and Father Convicted in Beating Death of Her Husband

The wife of an Irish businessman and her father were convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder in her husband’s beating death.

CBS Greensboro affiliate WFMY-TV reports that a North Carolina jury found Molly Martens Corbett and her father, former FBI agent Thomas Martens, both guilty of second-degree murder. They were both sentenced to spend 20 to 25 years in prison.

Jason Corbett, 39, was found beaten to death in 2015 at their home in a golf course community in Davidson County.

Defense attorneys have said that the two were acting in self-defense and that they feared for their lives during a struggle with the husband.

The jury deliberated for less than five hours, WFMY-TV reports. Jury foreman Tom Aamland called the process painstaking.

“You saw tears,” he said. “There were tears. I even had a few tears there while the verdicts were being ran through, and it wasn’t an easy decision. Somebody’s life changes.”

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that Martens Corbett, 33, said: “I’m sorry, Mom,” as she was being led away in handcuffs during a recess.

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SOURCE: CBS News, The Associated Press