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An 84-year-old woman serving a 100-year sentence in her husband’s decapitation murder in northwestern Indiana is asking a judge to reduce her sentence.

Rosemary Komyatti was convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the 1983 slaying of Paul Komyatti in Hammond. She is an inmate at the Indiana Women’s Prison in Indianapolis.

Komyatti says in her request that she was asleep when her then-teenage son held her husband down in bed while her son-in-law stabbed the man more than 30 times and severed his head with a hacksaw.

She also says she suffered verbal and physical abuse from her husband.

Her son-in-law, William Vandiver, was executed in 1985.

Paul Komyatti Jr. was released from prison in May, but he had his parole was revoked in August.

Information from: Post-Tribune, http://www.post-trib.com

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