Barbara Sheehan’s battered wife defense had saved her from a conviction for killing her abusive police sergeant husband, but she’ll have to surrender and begin serving her five year sentence.
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Attorney Michael Dowd said he is still unsure if Sheehan can use the $1 million bail she already put up for her murder charge or if she must come up with another million.
An Appellate Court judge reserved a decision on letting Sheehan out on bail until her formal sentencing — scheduled for Nov. 10.
Sheehan spoke with CBS 2′s Pablo Guzman in an exclusive interview outside her Howard Beach home on Friday.
Barbara Sheehan has been found not guilty of murder in the shooting death of her husband, a retired police sergeant, in their Howard Beach home in 2008.
A jury is deliberating whether Barbara Sheehan, 50, was acting in self-defense when she shot her husband, retired New York Police Department Sgt. Raymond Sheehan, 11 times in their Howard Beach home on Feb. 18, 2008.
Summations have ended in the trial of the woman accused of shooting her husband to death with his police-issued gun.
Barbara Sheehan says it was self-defense, the culmination of a lifetime of abuse, and her children have given emotional testimony of their father’s sustained violence. Such a legal approach is known as the battered woman’s defense, and it has mixed results.
The trial of a Queens woman accused of murdering her ex-cop husband continued Friday.
Raymond Sheehan, 21, broke down in tears as he described witnessing the abuse his mother endured from the time he was a child until shortly before his father’s death.
In cross-examination, prosecutor Debra Pomodore suggested Barbara Sheehan killed her husband not out of fear, but because he tried to force her to engage in a sexual fetish.
In court Monday, wringing her hands and at times crying, Sheehan nervously described years of physical, emotional and sexual abuse she says she endured for years at the hand of her husband Raymond.
The jury was told that Barbara Sheehan killed her husband Raymond at their Howard Beach home in 2008 by using two different guns, including his own weapon. The defense claims she acted in self defense.