A woman is to spend seven months in jail after admitting murdering her alleged rapist in self-defence.
Brittany Smith, 32, said she shot dead Todd Smith in her kitchen as he was choking her brother Chris McCallie and threatened to kill them both.
The mum-of-four had denied murder claiming the fight happened hours after the acquaintance raped her at her home nearly three years ago.
She changed her plea to guilty in exchange for a 20-year sentence on October 9 instead of facing up to life in jail if convicted at trial, AL.com reports.
Smith, of Stevenson, Alabama, US, who had insisted a jury would acquit her of murder, said in a video interview from jail: “I’m really disappointed with having to take a plea deal.
“I’m not a murderer but when it’s the lesser of two evils what can you do?”
Smith had faced up to life in prison if convicted at trial which was due to start in weeks.
But she was instead sentenced to serve just 18 months in a county lockup and 18 months on house arrest.
And taking into account the time spent in custody awaiting trial, she will only have to serve about seven months in jail.
She could even avoid state prison entirely if she completes probation.
But pleading guilty presents other challenges, as a murder conviction will always follow her.
The mum cried in her beige prison uniform as she spoke of her future, saying: “It’s going to be really hard for me to get a job and get my kids back.
“I know that my family will let me visit my kids but as far as them coming home to mommy, it’s not going to happen anytime soon.
“I’m relieved that my kids and my family can just kind of move forward, and I’m relieved that I can move forward. But it’s still really hard.”
Explaining her attorneys couldn’t guarantee her acquittal at trial, she said: “They knew that it wasn’t going to be fair here either.
“So I just took the lesser of the options I had.”
Last week Smith said she’s hopeful that one day she’ll get a pardon to clear her of the murder conviction.
She also wants to write a book about her life. But in the meantime, she’s looking forward to seeing her children and reuniting with her family.
“This is gonna be in my past soon,” she said. “It’s gonna be behind me. It’s a good feeling. After the rough waters, smooth sailing.”
AL.com could not reach Todd’s family for comment after the plea deal.