Ex-NYPD officer's wife gets prison

By KAREN MATTHEWS | November 10, 2011 | 11:00 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A school secretary who was acquitted of murder after shooting her husband 11 times is going to prison for her conviction on a weapon charge.

Barbara Sheehan was sentenced Thursday to five years. She is free pending her appeal.

Sheehan was acquitted of murder last month in a case that cast a spotlight on the issue of domestic violence.

The 50-year-old mother of two testified that she shot her husband, Raymond Sheehan, in self-defense on Feb. 18, 2008.

She said the retired NYPD sergeant had threatened to kill her if she didn't go with him on a Florida vacation.

The weapon charge carried a mandatory prison sentence of 3 ½ to 15 years.