Man promised 'surprise' hit with hammer

Last updated 11:22 22/04/2010

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An American woman who blindfolded her husband and promised him a surprise, before hitting him in the head with a hammer, has been sentenced to 30 days at home with an ankle monitor.

Amy Teresa Ricks of Utah was also given probation and community service. The 37-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree felony aggravated assault in February.

Prosecutors have agreed to reduce the conviction to a third-degree felony after Ricks completes probation. They also agreed to let Ricks seek expungement of the crime after seven years.

Ricks' husband suffered minor injuries in the May 2007 attack. At the time of her plea, Ricks' defence attorney said the two were still married but were separated.

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- AP

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