Ex-NYPD officer's wife acquitted of his murder

October 6, 2011 - 3:30 PM
Retired Officer Killed

In this Sept. 23, 2011 photo, Barbara Sheehan leaves the Queens State Supreme Court after her trial breaks in New York. Sheehan was acquitted of murder Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, but convicted of a weapon charge after shooting her husband, a former police sergeant, 11 times with his own guns in a sensational case that cast a spotlight on the world of sustained domestic violence. (AP Photo/Rick Maiman)

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City woman who acknowledged shooting her retired police officer husband to death but said she did so in self-defense has been acquitted of his murder.

But the Queens jury on Thursday convicted Barbara Sheehan of a weapons charge that will result in some prison time.

Her supporters cheered as the verdict was read. Many were dressed in purple to express support for domestic violence victims.

Barbara Sheehan says she shot her husband of 24 years, Raymond, after suffering decades of physical and verbal abuse. She says he threatened to kill her, and he meant it.

Prosecutors say she wasn't abused. They say she was angry over her husband's infidelities.

Authorities say she fired 11 times while Raymond Sheehan was shaving in the bathroom.