EXCLUSIVE: Sheehan Advises Women In Abusive Relationships To ‘Get Out Early’

Acquitted Of Murder, Howard Beach Resident Thankful For All The Support

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One day after being found not guilty of murder in the shooting death of her husband, Barbara Sheehan offered up some advice for women who may find themselves in an abusive situation.

Sheehan spoke with CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman in an exclusive interview outside her Howard Beach home on Friday.

Guzman: “What do you tell the average person, who maybe was in your shoes and didn’t know what to do?”

Sheehan: “Get out early. Get out early — that’s all I have to say.”

Sheehan was acquitted of murder even though she admitted she shot her husband, Raymond Sheehan, in 2008. The jury seemed to agree that she acted after years of beatings, she claimed, by her husband.

Friday she returned to her home, where the shooting had taken place, and spoke with Guzman after coming back from a routine trip for groceries.

Guzman: “How are you?”

Sheehan: “We’re okay. We’re going to stay home and just relax for a few days.”

Guzman: “You got a lot of support. Did that — I know your children supported you — but all these strangers came out of nowhere. Did that help carry you?”

Sheehan: “Absolutely. I appreciate all the support. I appreciate all you people.”

Sheehan emerged victorious from the courtroom on Thursday with her arms thrown up in victory and hugged by family and friends.

The jury did convict Sheehan on a gun charge, apparently finding that picking up a second gun and firing six more shots into her husband — for a total of 11 bullets — was a bit much, even for a claim of self-defense.

Sheehan’s former brother-in-law and dead husband’s twin brother, Vincent Sheehan, has a different view about the verdict.

“Is this really a case of domestic abuse? Because none of us obviously favors domestic abuse. But, is this a case of domestic abuse being used as an excuse for a crime that was committed?” he asked.

Vincent Sheehan said the verdict “was wrong.” Thinking about the niece and nephew who testified against his brother, he said because Barbara Sheehan is looking at some prison time for firing the second gun, “it’s not a win for anybody.”

“What happens is that you have a mother now taken away from her kids where the father is already dead,” he said.

In separate comments, Sheehan also told reporters that there were “no real winners” following her murder acquittal.  She made those comments while speaking with reporters in Queens after walking home from church.

Next week, Sheehan will return to Queens Criminal Court to turn herself in on the gun charge she was convicted of. Next month, a judge will sentence her on that charge to anywhere between 3 1/2 to 15 years.

Sheehan would have faced a life sentence had she been convicted of murder.

What do you think about Sheehan’s advice? Let us know below…

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  1. R. Kelly says:

    Yup, “get out early” or get out with “guns a blazin”!

  2. Peter Pappas says:

    This case brings to mind a battered-woman defense mock trial that I developed and used for many years with my high school seniors. While I provided students with the witness statements, it was up to their legal teams to develop prosecution / defense theories and prepare to serve as witness or attorney in a trial held before an actual judge and a jury of adults from the community.  I found that participation in mock trials enabled students to hone their critical thinking skills, collaboration, and explore significant legal and social issues in a real-world setting. Here is a copy of the fact pattern (in pdf format) http://bit.ly/oVNeRG

  3. PETE says:

    YOU TOOK OUT MY COMMENT, WHY? EVER HEARD OF FREE SPEECH? HERE IT IS AGAIN: I JUST HOPE THAT A UNCORRUPTED AND FAIR JUDGE GIVES HER A SUSPENDED SENTENCE. THIS POOR WOMAN HAS SUFFERED ENOUGH. I GUESS EVERYBODY HAS HAD HIS POUND OF FLESH.

  4. DOUBLE_CHINNED_PUPPETEER says:

    She got away with murder.

    1. Will she kill again says:

      Who will she murder next? The clock is ticking she will snap again.

    2. She is a cold blooded killer says:

      Who will she kill next?The clock is ticking just like her temper.You all been warned the courts will not protect us from murderers.She is dangerous and free.

  5. GENE says:

    SHE IS STUPID TO NOT HAVE LEFT WHEN THE PROBLEM STARTED SHE DESERVES TO BE PUT BEHIND BARS FOR LIFE. ONE SHOT WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH BUT 11 TIMES IT JUST SHOWS HER UNSTABLE MENTAL STATE. HOPE SHE GETS THE MAX FOR THE GUN CHARGE.

  6. Jimmney says:

    I advise men that are in abusive relationships to get out early. Why? This case proves a woman can kill, get away with it and STILL take your pension. In fact all of us (black,white,liberal,conservative,rich,middle class,etc.)should look to foreign women. They don’t fly of the hook if you tell them no. The feminazi women of America are an absolute piece of work, and it should be apparent by now that you can’t live successfully with most of them.

  7. Frank says:

    Oh yeah, she murders someone and is now giving advice. Bully or not, murder is not the answer. Think it is? That’s why there’s a hell.

    1. cali says:

      easy to talk if u are not in her shoes…

  8. mj says:

    ALL SHE DID WAS KILL AN EX COP BULLY LEAVE HER ALONE … GOOD FOR HER

  9. Eileen says:

    I am happy for her….I understand the devasting effects of physical/verbal/emotional abuse I am sure he was a nice enough guy until he got ticked off ……………………….I hope that she enjoys this new found freedom that she deserves just as each one of us should have …..Living scared being afraid to upset someone is difficult and painful.

  10. Ween says:

    You got away with murder so you won..you ugly hag

  11. Dan Te says:

    For someone that never shot a gun before she sure knew how to use the 2 guns with precise accuracy. Why did she have to shoot him 11 times? To make sure he would not recover from his wounds? This sounds like a calculated murder to me. If she was abused why didn’t she leave him? Where are the scars? Why did she go on all those vacations with him? The numerous pictures showed they were having a great time. Strange how no one else knew about the abuses except her brainwashed children.

    1. Scott says:

      Great points. Before all of this she was just fat and unhappy and controlling. Now she is all those things including a liar and murderer. How happy a person can you end up, even if you are a sociopath as she may very well be, after you murder a guy shaving? What a piece of garbage. What is scarier though is, what kind of people are those jurors to let her off? Look how big she is, I would bet he was more afraid of her, and her big mouth, than she would ever be of him. I have no doubt about that.

    2. Glenn Erdmann says:

      You did a lot of thinking and have a lot of questions, do you have a headache now?

      1. Scott says:

        Yes, were you one of the juror’s? You sure do qualify to be one on that jury !

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