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Walker Hornung, a South Queens native whose 1990 album topped the Caribbean charts, had only partially recovered from Superstorm Sandy when he got on the phone to Ozone Park-based producer Frank Persico about a benefit CD.
“He had just gotten power in half of his house and he was on the phone to me saying ‘We have to record this song,’” Persico said.“I was cracking up, but I said ‘I got you.’”
Though Barbara Sheehan was sentenced to five years in prison last week after being acquitted of murdering her husband but found guilty on a weapons charge, her attorney is fighting to make sure the Howard Beach mother never sees the inside of a cell again.
“I am appalled,” Sheehan’s attorney, Michael Dowd, said after Queens Supreme Court Judge Barry Kron sentenced the 50-year-old woman to five years in prison, followed by two and a half years of post-release supervision. “But I’m not surprised in Queens County.”
Barbara Sheehan, center, stands outside the Queens Supreme courthouse with her attorney, Michael Dowd, right, family members and friends after she was sentenced to five years in prison.
Barbara Sheehan stands with her attorney, Michael Dowd, and family members outside the Queens Supreme Courthouse on Thursday.
Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach mother who was acquitted of murdering her husband but found guilty on a weapons charge, was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday.
With her wrists bound in black handcuffs, Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach woman acquitted of murdering her husband, yelled, “I love you,” to her daughter, who dissolved into sobs as police officers whisked her mother away to jail on Wednesday to await sentencing for a felony weapons conviction.
A jury of nine women and three men acquitted Sheehan, 50, of a second-degree murder charge last Thursday after she admitted shooting her ex-cop husband, Raymond Sheehan, 11 times in 2008 in what she has said was self defense. The jury did, however, find the mother of two, who had allegedly been physically and emotionally abused by her husband for nearly two decades, guilty of one count of criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony that carries a minimum sentence of three and a half years in prison.
It is the details that have broken the family — recollecting reading her son’s college religion essay just before she shot her husband 11 times in their Howard Beach home, being asked to read out loud in court an expletive-laced journal entry written by a 14-year-old son who hated his father, a daughter’s memory of being 4 years old and listening to her father screaming at her mother in the bedroom below.
These are the details that make up a lifetime, the narratives that form who people are, and, for Barbara Sheehan and her family, the stories that have been publicly pieced together over the past month by the defense and prosecution. The attorneys wove very different tales about the Howard Beach woman and the life she led before ending up in an alternately cold and stuffy room with a dramatic green marble wall in the Queens Supreme courthouse.
Her hands clasped as if in prayer, Barbara Sheehan looked out at a courtroom that had been transformed into a sea of purple worn by family and friends — the color representing domestic violence awareness —and began to sob, her shoulders heaving as the Howard Beach woman spoke about the morning she shot her husband, Raymond Sheehan, 11 times.
It was cold that day, Feb. 18, 2008, with a mist of rain coating the world outside the Sheehans’ home, where the couple had lived for much of their 24-year marriage, Sheehan testified during her trial at the Queens Supreme courthouse in Kew Gardens on Monday. Inside this house, Barbara Sheehan said she was trying to figure out how to escape from her husband, a retired NYPD sergeant, whom she believed was planning to soon kill her after two decades of alleged abuse that she testified included punching her in the face, smashing her head into cinder blocks while on vacation, dumping boiling marinara sauce on her and threatening to kill her children and other members of her family if she ever told anyone what was going on.
Barbara Sheehan enters court with her attorney, Michael Dowd, behind her.
In between sobs and with her hands often clasped or shaking, Barbara Sheehan told jurors in the Queens Supreme Courthouse on Monday about the morning the Howard Beach woman shot her husband 11 times and the nearly two decades of abuse she had allegedly sustained at the hands of the man who was a retired NYPD sergeant.
As the jurors filtered into a dimly lit courtroom situated above the constant hum of traffic on Queens Boulevard last week, many glanced the way of Barbara Sheehan — the Howard Beach woman for whom they will decide whether she pumped 11 bullets into her ex-cop husband in self defense, as her attorney argues, or as a calculated “execution,” as the prosecution says.
Sitting with her hands clasped in front of a massive gathering of family and friends sporting purple domestic violence awareness ribbons, Sheehan is charged with shooting and killing Raymond Sheehan, a retired NYPD sergeant, on the morning of Feb. 18, 2008, after nearly two decades of abuse.
The Region 2 director of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation has postponed a walking tour scheduled this week for the Ridgewood Reservoir.
Vanetia Lannon’s visit was connected with a request by Ridgewood residents and officials to declare the site a wetland.
Such a declaration would make the site very difficult legally and logistically to develop. It would bolster the efforts of Ridgewood residents and civic officials who want the site used for passive recreation geared toward nature, science and education.
The state may soon be entering the fray over the future of the Ridgewood Reservoir.
Vanetia Lannon, director of Region 2 of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, will tour the site on Aug. 17. The email from Lannon’s office did not state the specific nature of the tour, but Ridgewood resident Tom Dowd and Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano confirmed the visit.
A Queens judge recused himself last week from the upcoming murder trial of Howard Beach resident Barbara Sheehan, who is charged with killing her husband, an ex-cop, citing a possible conflict of interest.
Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter announced he would no longer be involved in the case because his daughter works for the district attorney’s office, Sheehan’s attorney Michael Dowd said.
The Kiwanis clubs of Glendale and Maspeth recently installed new slates of officers for the 2010 term.
A new judge in the case of Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach woman who stands trial for killing her former police officer husband, told her attorney Tuesday he would keep an open mind in regard to letting her use psychiatric testimony, which is necessary in proving she suffered from the emotional stress associated with enduring decades of domestic abuse.
The past year may go down in the books as one one of the most exacting in recent history.
After weeks of her waiting and hoping, it took Justice Arthur Cooperman less than 10 minutes to decide, yet again, that Howard Beach resident Barbara Sheehan will not be allowed the use of psychiatric or psychological testimony when she stands trial for killing her NYPD husband after enduring two decades of physical and mental abuse.
Prosecutors postponed the opening hearing in the case against Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach woman who fatally shot her ex-NYPD husband last year after allegedly sustaining almost two decades of physical and emotional abuse.
A Howard Beach woman who says she was physically and mentally tortured for years and faces 25 years to life for fatally shooting her husband, was told by a Queens Supreme Court justice she’ll have to stand trial without psychiatric testimony — a crucial component needed to prove she suffered from battered woman’s syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder.
From scandals to celebrations, the year 2008 rocked south Queens like a ferry on rough waters. And, while things had calmed down by the end of December, a buzz of excitement was still in the air, as the residents of Howard Beach, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill and South Richmond Hill anticipated the changes still to come and developments soon to unfold.
It’s been nearly a year since Barbara Sheehan shot and killed her ex-cop husband in their Howard Beach home.
To conservationists in Broad Channel, the actions of long-time neighbor John Schmitt, who was convicted last month of dumping raw sewage into Jamaica Bay, are abhorrent.