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Henderson woman accused of killing boyfriend pleads guilty

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Tammy Lucero appears for a hearing in Henderson Justice Court on Tuesday, September 25, 2012.

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Tammy Lucero appears for a hearing in Henderson Justice Court on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Launch slideshow »

The Henderson woman who claimed self-defense after allegedly strangling her boyfriend in May has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

Tammy Lucero, 36, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Thursday during an initial arraignment in Clark County District Court. Lucero faces a one- to 10-year prison term and a fine up to $10,000, according to the plea agreement. She will be sentenced Jan. 16.

Lucero is accused of killing her boyfriend, 35-year-old David Hudson, on May 24 with a computer chord she wrapped around his neck, according to her arrest report. Lucero told Henderson Police she feared for her life when, during an argument, Hudson allegedly put his hands around her neck, prompting her to strangle him.

"I don't know what happened," Lucero told detectives, according to the arrest report. "I just lost control."

Less than three months later, on Aug. 10, the Clark County District Attorney's Office charged Lucero with murder. Lucero remains in the Clark County Detention Center without bail, according to jail records.

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