Attica woman to serve maximum sentence in brutal killing of husband

ATTICA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Attica woman who admitted to the brutal killing of her husband of 30 years has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Charlene Mess was charged with second-degree murder after her husband Douglas was found dead in a pile of manure in April of 2015. Authorities say she shot him in the back of the head and stabbed him with a pitchfork before the manure burial.

As she was indicted on the charges, which also included first and second-degree assault, doctors tried to claim that Mess was incapable of standing trial due to mental inability. A judge later ruled her competent to stand trial.

“We have been convinced for months that the defendant was faking or maligning her so-called incompetency as a delay tactic to avoid taking responsibility,” Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen said.

Mess never admitted to the murder and assault charges, but instead took a plea deal for a charge of first-degree manslaughter.

Her determinate sentence means that she must serve at least six sevenths of her 25-year sentence. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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