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Woman pleads guilty to killing cheating husband

Posted August 9, 2010

— A Wake County woman pleaded guilty Monday to shooting and killing her husband inside a camper in a Garner parking lot in May.

Ruby Ashworth Gonzalez, 59, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the May 29 death of Abundio G. Gonzalez, 48. Officers found him dead in the couple's camper parked behind Staples at 1411 Garner Station Blvd.

Superior Court Judge Howard Manning sentenced her to 38 to 55 months in prison, noting that she had confessed early on and cooperated with the investigation.

In a 911 call shortly after the shooting, Ruby Gonzalez told dispatchers she killed her husband after finding him in bed with another woman. She said a person heard crying in the background during the call was the other woman.

The tape of that call was played in court Monday, and Gonzalez sobbed as she listened to it.


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  • Mugu Aug 10, 2010

    beachboater, I am first in line!

  • beachboater Aug 10, 2010

    38 to 55 months is NOT 5 to 7 years.

    That kind of sentence might bring on a rash of spousal killings.

  • luvgodforever700 Aug 9, 2010

    Premeditated means that she planned it. Not on the spur of the moment. Not according to an empty threat made at the last minute. To say she premeditated the crime would be to say that she purposely walked in to the camper and shot him. People these days are so quick to say what you would have done...but you don't know what she had gone through and what her mental status was. If she had premeditated it, wouldn't she had killed the woman too? Not saying it is okay what she did, just saying, no one knows her individual circumstances and you are not her judge.

  • UPTOP Aug 9, 2010

    Soooo !! All I have to do is cooperate and tell the truth and I'll get a slap on the wrist too ??? Wow what a way to go !!

  • Lickad Aug 9, 2010

    I am seriously considering this defense... who was this lady's attorney? The only thing I need to do is to cover my tracks and make sure that this cannot be construed as premeditated.

  • braddavis Aug 9, 2010

    I would've let her walk free of charge.........

  • ncguy Aug 9, 2010

    less than 5 years for killing somebody?

    out in 3...

    Where's the justice in that? i don't care if she told the truth!

  • kikinc Aug 9, 2010

    I've been cheated on before, and let me tell you, I wouldn't stoop as low to kill my ex. I've got a wonderful live to live, and nothing's going to stand in my way. Being unfaithful does NOT equal murder.

  • Pseudonym Aug 9, 2010

    Just being me,

    Thank you for proving my point. As of 3:42 PM, WRAL had not updated their story to provide names, genders, ages, etc, yet you are insistent that the man murdered the woman. Why? Link to another story through another source, or provide us with that fabulous insight you have.

  • Whatever Geez Aug 9, 2010

    moral of story...don't cheat!