FULTON — 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.
Before Sandra Plunkett's trial, the Missourian talked to experts about battered spouse syndrome, which was part of Plunkett's defense. Available to Missourian digital members.
The Jefferson City News-Tribune reported 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.