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A St. Mary’s woman acknowledged this week in Virginia through a plea agreement that prosecutors had evidence to support a charge against her of second-degree murder in the shooting death last year of her boyfriend.

Lillian Mae Levy, now 78, of Mechanicsville faces a sentencing hearing in May, according to prosecutors, during which the agreement allows them to seek a penalty for Levy of up to 20 years in prison.

Levy initially was jailed without bond on charges of aggravated malicious wounding and a firearms offense in the April 27 early-morning shooting of 62-year-old James Stewart Thomas of Richmond, according to Spotsylvania County sheriff’s deputies, at the Lake Wilderness Presidential Resort Campground, where Thomas and Levy would meet and spend long weekends together.

They had been dating for several years, police said, but when law officers and an ambulance crew were called there that morning, they found Thomas in his trailer with a single bullet wound to his head. He lapsed into a coma after emergency surgery at a hospital, and died about two weeks later.

During the initial investigation, the plea agreement states, police questioned Levy and she said “she shot Thomas out of anger for cheating on her,” and that he exclaimed, “You shot me — I’m paralyzed!”

Levy showed police where she hid the .22-caliber pistol in her car, the plea agreement states.

Levy had been charged with first-degree murder after Thomas’ death. The charge was reduced through the plea agreement to the second-degree offense, Spotsylvania Commonwealth Attorney William Neely said Thursday, because of “just her age, ... and she’s supposedly in poor health. She has a pacemaker.”

jwharton@somdnews.com