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Couple jailed for 20 years for child abuse
James Watson
James Watson - photo by C-I file photo
A Lugoff couple will spend the next 20 years in jail after entering a special plea in connection with charges they severely abused a 4-year-old girl. Catharine Ammons and James Watson both entered what is known as an Alford plea in Kershaw County General Sessions Court Oct. 29 to charges of inflicting great bodily injury on a child and unlawful conduct on a child. An Alford charge does not admit guilt, but acknowledges that a defendant faces overwhelming evidence that would have resulted in a conviction.