A McKinney woman who was accused of ambushing her husband as he showered and then fleeing their house after shooting him in 2018, was acquitted of murder this month.

A Collin County jury instead convicted Morgan Leigh Sims, 36, of manslaughter and sentenced her to probation for 10 years.

State District Judge Tom Nowak added a jail sentence of 180 days, which she began serving Nov. 19.

Prosecutor Cresta Garland asked jurors to sentence Sims to 20 years in prison — the maximum punishment for manslaughter — for killing Daray Vontrell Sims on April 20, 2018.

Defense attorney argued, stating Sims acted in self-defense and asking the jury to clear her of all charges.

Daray Sims, 37, was shot four times, twice in his chest and twice in his abdomen.

Morgan Sims left the house and called her mother, who called 911. Police found Daray Sims on the bathroom floor and the unattended children, she left behind when fleeing, who were 2 and 6.

Morgan Sims told police she was abused by her husband, stating she was abused many years of their marriage.

Daray Sims was arrested in 2014 for choking Morgan Sims in DeSoto, but Morgan Sims did not want her husband prosecuted, and a grand jury declined to indict him.

Sims testified that on the day of the shooting, Daray & her got into a argument about a divorce, she stated Daray took her keys and pushed her to the ground, and refused to let her leave.

Morgan Sims stated she went to the bathroom to take a shower in hopes of ending the fight, that’s when her husband followed her into the shower, forcing himself on her, sims testified.

Morgan stated that is when she went and got the gun from the closet safe, Sims testified that Daray then grabbed her and hit her in the face.

Prosecutors disputed Morgan Sims’ version of what led up to the shooting.

After the shooting, Morgan Sims fled the scene, later being found in her car north of Anna. Cellphone evidence showed she had searched for a route to Mexico.

Daray Sims was a football player at Abilene Christian University, where he was among the university’s record holders.

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