Sandra Plunkett sentenced in husband's shooting death

Monday, March 3, 2014 | 12:50 p.m. CST; updated 1:12 p.m. CST, Monday, March 3, 2014

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.

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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.


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