BRADENTON — A 41-year-old Bradenton man charged with first-degree felony murder for stabbing his wife to death accepted a plea deal Thursday, which reduced the charge to second-degree manslaughter with a weapon.
The plea deal came together just days before the murder trial was to begin next week.
Karen Mudgett died May 15 after being stabbed several times by her husband, Sean Mudgett, who then turned the blade on himself but was saved by emergency medical personnel.
Mudgett’s mental health issues were instrumental in the plea deal as all sides agreed he was either dealing with a depressive disorder or schizophrenia.
Diana Mudgett, who witnessed the murder and tried to stop her son during the attack, still owns the home where she lived with her son and daughter-in-law, according to the Manatee County Property Appraiser website. The plea deal was approved by Diana Mudgett, a paramedic kicked in the face by Sean Mudgett on the way to the hospital and the Bradenton Police Department case agent.
Mudgett was sentenced to 15 years in a Florida Department of Corrections prison followed by 15 years probation and $11,000 in reparations. He is also to actively participate in any recommended mental health treatment plan.