Abused wife Barbara Sheehan faces 5 years in jail after losing appeal: Report

Posted at 4:11 PM, May 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-29 16:11:38-04
Barbara Sheehan

Barbara Sheehan (Photo/PIX11 News)

NEW YORK (PIX11) – Barbara Sheehan, who was cleared in the murder of her abusive husband, has lost her appeal on a weapons possession conviction and now faces a 5-year prison sentence, according to DNAinfo New York.

Sheehan shot former NYPD sergeant Raymond Sheehan 11 times with two different guns in 2008, killing him inside their Howard Beach home.  Defense attorney Michael Dowd successfully argued that years of abuse led Barbara to believe her husband was planning to kill her, and she was acquitted of murder.

Barbara and Raymond Sheehan Husband

Barbara and Raymond Sheehan (Photo/PIX11 News)

Because she shot him more times than necessary, firing multiple times while her husband lay in a pool of blood on the floor of their bathroom, the jury upheld a weapons possession conviction.

That conviction, again upheld Wednesday in the state appellate division of Queens Supreme Court, could mean five years in jail for the mother of two.

Barbara Sheehan Family

The conviction, upheld Wednesday in Queens Supreme Court, could mean five years in jail for the mother of two.

“We are disappointed with the decision and think it is a real throwback to the days when domestic violence did not matter,” Dowd told DNAinfo.

Dowd plans to request a review from the state’s Court of Appeal, but, if it is turned down, she would have to begin her sentence.