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Raleigh woman convicted in death of stepsons' mom

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The Raleigh woman accused in the death of her husband's former girlfriend has been convicted of second-degree murder.

A Wake County jury returned the verdict Wednesday in the trial of 41-year-old Amanda Hayes. She was sentenced to a minimum of 13 years and a maximum of 16 1/2 years in prison.

Hayes and her husband, Grant Hayes, were arrested 12 days after the death of Laura Ackerson in July 2011.

Ackerson was 27 when prosecutors say she was murdered in the Wake County apartment shared by Grant and Amanda Hayes. Investigators said Ackerson's body was dismembered and disposed of in a Texas creek, yards away from the home of Amanda Hayes' sister.

Grant Hayes was found guilty of first-degree murder last September and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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