Mo., woman sentenced to life in prison for husband’s death

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FULTON, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri woman is sentenced to life in prison without parole in the shooting death of her husband, a former Jefferson City police officer.

Sandra Plunkett was sentenced Monday in Callaway County Court for the January 2011 death of 52-year-old Paul Plunkett at their home in Holts Summit.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that after the sentencing, Plunkett’s attorney filed an appeal.

Prosecutors say Plunkett shot her husband while he was in bed. She originally told officers she saw a man leaving the area with a rifle, but later confessed to the murder.

She claimed during her trial that she shot her husband in self-defense after suffering years of abuse.

Prosecutors argued that Plunkett shot her husband to collect a life insurance policy to support her heroin addiction.

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