This afternoon a Cass County judge formally charged 60-year-old Sherry Ann Midstokke with intentionally killing her husband Lyle by drug and asphyxiation.
If the Finley, North Dakota woman is convicted of the Class AA felony, she could face a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole. Authorities say it would be 30 years before parole could be considered. Her bail has been set for $500,000 cash.
Reports say Sherry called authorities early Monday morning when she says she returned home from working as a nursing assistant and found her husband dead by the side of their bed.
Authorities took her into custody yesterday and she has been held at the Cass County Jail.
Earlier reports say when pressed by investigators, Sherry admitted that she intentionally killed her husband.
Investigators say they found physical evidence at the home. That includes items that investigators say were used to asphyxiate her husband.
The formal arraignment was held at the Cass County Courthouse this afternoon. She won't be back in court again until late February at the Steele County Courthouse.
"With Finley we only have court once a month, so she was charged and we thought it best just to get her in here as soon as possible so she could have her day in court as quickly as possible and move the case along," says Steele County States Attorney Charlie Stock.
The motive is still unknown, there was no criminal history involving the couple and there was never any domestic disputes involving the two.