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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- A woman accused of committing murder with a high-heel shoe has been sentenced to four years in prison.

47-year-old Thelma Lou Carter pleaded guilty Wednesday to voluntary manslaughter. Carter was also sentenced to two years of probation in the death of 58-year-old Robert Frank Higdon in July last year.

Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers says that the fatal blow by Carter occurred during a fight between the couple over Higdon abusing a puppy. Myers says Higdon punched Carter in the chest and extinguished a cigarette on her leg.

Carter hit Higdon once in the head with a wide-heeled sole. Myers says the blow wouldn't normally be fatal, but Higdon had heart problems that contributed to the death.

A medical examiner determined Higdon died from blunt force trauma.

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