A North Carolina woman has been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the 2015 shooting death of her boyfriend.
The Asheville Citizen Times reports 50-year-old Robin Renee Richardson was sentenced Thursday to no less than 73 months in prison for the slaying of Tim Fry. Authorities say Richardson repeatedly shot Fry with a 12-gauge shotgun during a drunken dispute and then called police and admitted to the crime. She was originally charged with first-degree murder in the slaying.
Defense attorneys argued Fry assaulted Richardson, and she acted in self-defense. Prosecutors said the defense’s argument was an attempt to distract jurors from evidence proving malice and premeditation.
Richardson has spent three years in jail awaiting trial and may get credit for time served. Her defense attorneys say they plan to appeal.
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