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Barbara Sheehan acquitted of murder in shooting death of ex-cop husband
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Thursday, October 6th 2011, 2:39 PM
A Queens woman who killed her ex-cop hubby in a hail of 11 bullets was acquitted of murder Thursday by a jury that bought her battered-wife defense.
The panel of nine women and three men did convict Barbara Sheehan of gun possession, which carries three to 15 years in prison.
Just a day before, jurors deliberating the fate of the school secretary had told the judge they were "hopelessly deadlocked."
The jury was sent back to try again and emerged in the midafternoon with the verdict. Sheehan cried out as it was read.
She declined to speak after the verdict but grinned as she came out of court with her kids, Jennifer Joyce, 25, and Raymond, 21, both wearing purple in solidarity with domestic violence victims.
"There is no joy today," said Sheehan's lawyer, Michael Dowd.
"The only thing that would bring joy to this family would be to bring them back 17 years before the first blow was struck."
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown called it "a tremendously sad and tragic case."
"A family has been torn apart," he said. "Their two children will be left to pick up the pieces."
Sheehan, 50, admitted she fired 11 shots at her husband Raymond while he was in the bathroom of their Howard Beach home the morning of Feb. 18, 2008.
She says she acted in self-defense after he threatened to kill her with a 9-mm. Glock semiautomatic pistol he kept on the sink while he shaved.
After firing five shots from the revolver, Sheehan says she picked up the Glock that fell to the floor and grabbed it before her husband could. She clicked off six more rounds from the Glock.
"I shot him, I shot him!" she told the first cop who arrived at the scene. "I think he's dead upstairs."
Queens prosecutors say Sheehan killed her husband because she "despised" him for forcing her into kinky sex play with other couples and was out to cash in on a hefty life insurance payout.
Raymond Sheehan's twin brother, Vincent, called it a "bad verdict."
"But this is the system and you've got to live with it," he said.
Posted by Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg at 10/06/2011
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Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg