Barbara Sheehan, Acquitted of Husband's Murder, Released on Bail

Freed as she appeals illegal gun charge

By Ida Siegal
|  Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011  |  Updated 7:18 AM EDT
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Barbara Sheehan, who was found not guilty of murdering her husband, was released on bail today. Ida Siegal reports.

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Barbara Sheehan, who was found not guilty of murdering her husband, was released on bail today. Ida Siegal reports.

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Barbara Sheehan walked out of Queens Criminal Court Monday, free on bail after spending time in jail waiting for sentencing.

"It's been very, very difficult for me and my family, but I'm thankful for everyone that has supported me," said Sheehan.

On Oct. 13, Sheehan was found not guilty in a jury trial of murdering her husband, a former NYPD police officer she claimed physically abused her for years.

Her attorneys argued that she took a gun and shot him in self-defense. The jury believed that part of the story, but convicted her on an illegal gun charge.

Sheehan's now fighting the gun charge, and made bail Monday while her attorney appealed it.

Though the jury believed Sheehan deserves to spend at least some time in jail, Sheehan said she's still grateful for their verdict.

"They believed in me," she said.

Sheehan said she planned to spend time with her family.

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