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Charles Burns III, 46

Charles Burns III, a 46-year-old white man, was shot to death Thursday, Aug. 12, in the 500 block of West Old Field Street in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Burns got into an altercation with his wife, Shannon Burns, about 3:25 p.m., said sheriff's homicide Det. Frank Salerno, who is handling the investigation.

At some point in the fight, investigators said Shannon Burns, a 41-year-old white woman, armed herself with a gun. Authorities believe that her husband was shot while trying to take the weapon away from her.

No one else was hurt when the gun discharged, Salerno said.

Charles Burns was taken to a local hospital where he died at 4:03 p.m., according to coroner's records.

Lancaster sheriff’s deputies arrested Shannon Burns the day of the shooting on suspicion of murder.

She is being held at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 30 at the M.D. Antonovich Antelope Valley Court.

[Updated Jan. 27, 11:12 a.m.: According to the Los Angeles county district attorney's office, Shannon Burns received a negotiated plea deal and was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Charles Burns' death.

She pleaded no contest and was sentenced to three years state prison, which was suspended to 176 days in jail.

Additionally, she was ordered to serve 120 days community service, attend one year of psychological counseling and go to an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program.

With time served, Shannon Burns was released from jail on Dec. 7.]

-- Sarah Ardalani

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