Barbara Sheehan Sentenced To 5 Years In Jail On Gun Charge, Remains Free On Appeal

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After an emotional trial that made national headlines, it was finally judgment day for Barbara Sheehan. On Thursday, a judge sentenced the Queens mother to five years in jail for a weapons possession charge stemming from the murder of her husband.

Sheehan, however, remains out on bail pending an appeal.

The weapons possession charge carries a sentence of 3 1/2 to 15 years behind bars.

"I've said a number of times that I was sorry for what happened to myself, my children and my husband," Sheehan said outside of court following the sentencing.

The Howard Beach woman was found guilty in October of criminal possession of a weapon, and she is expected to be sentenced at the Queens County Criminal Courts Building.

The 50-year-old was acquitted of murder last month after a jury of nine women and three men found that she acted in self-defense when she shot her husband Raymond Sheehan, a former NYPD sergeant, 11 times with two guns in February 2008.

During the trial, Sheehan testified that she suffered through 17 years of physical and emotional abuse. She said her husband would call her "stupid, fat and a terrible mother" and would choke her, knock her down, step on her and spit in her face.

Both of her children testified on her behalf during the murder trial.

Sheehan's attorney is appealing her conviction.

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