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Indianapolis woman faces prison time for death of man she knew

Defendant pleads guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter
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Posted at 4:52 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 16:56:18-04

INDIANAPOLIS—A 56-year-old Indianapolis woman faces prison time, after pleading guilty in the 2018 stabbing death of a man she knew.

Phyllis Simmons was facing murder charges in the death of 60-year-old Anthony Watts and was supposed to go on trial Monday.

Instead, there will be no trial, according to Marion County court records.

In a plea deal Friday, Simmons pleaded guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter. The murder charge was dropped and Simmons was sentenced to 6-years in prison, followed by 3-years in the community corrections program.

In what police at the time described as a domestic dispute, Watts was stabbed inside a home in the 4000 block of Clarendon Road, not far from Crown Hill Cemetery.