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Police Say Finley Woman Admits To Killing Husband

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A Finley woman charged with killing her husband made her first court appearance today in Cass County.

According to court documents, 60-year-old Sherry Midstokke admitted to killing her husband with drugs and asphyxiation.

"In court, Sherry Midstokke asked the judge to lower her 500-thousand dollar bail, saying she is not a flight risk, isn't going to harm anyone, and can't afford to pay it."

The judge denied her request, but agreed to revisit the matter at her next hearing once she had hired an attorney.

The 60-year-old Midstokke is charged with the murder of her 66-year-old husband Lyle.

His death was discovered Monday morning after his wife called 9-1-1 and said she found her husband dead in their bedroom when she got home from her job as a nursing assistant.

During questioning, court documents say, Mrs. Midstokke admitting to "intentionally" killing her husband with drugs and asphyxiation.

The hearing was held in Cass County because Finley only has court once a month.

Prosecutor: "She was charged and we thought it best to just get her in as soon as possible so she could have her day in court and move the case along."

If found guilty, Midstokke faces life in prison without parole.

Midstokke's next court date is February 26th in Finley.

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