Ex-Cop's Wife Jailed on Gun Conviction

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 1:01 PM EDT
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Barbara Sheehan outside court.

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Son Defends Mom in Cop Dad's Death

The son of a Queens woman who shot her ex-NYPD husband to death in their home testified at her trial Thursday that the family endured years of abuse from him. Raymond Sheehan, 21, said she was abused his entire life. John Noel reports.
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A Queens woman who testified that she shot her husband in self-defense has tearfully surrendered to authorities while awaiting a prison sentence for gun possession.

Barbara Sheehan was acquitted of murder last week, but convicted of the weapon charge.

The New York Post says Sheehan broke down as she entered the Queens courthouse on Wednesday. Her grown daughter, Jennifer Joyce, said "I love you" as Sheehan was placed in handcuffs.

Her lawyers are still hoping to get her bail extended, so she could be free until her Nov. 10 sentencing.

The defendant said she shot retired NYPD Sgt. Raymond Sheehan after suffering decades of physical and verbal abuse. He was hit 11 times.

The weapon charge carries a mandatory prison sentence of 3 1/2 to 15 years.

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