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A state appellate court has upheld a weapon conviction against Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach woman who shot her abusive husband 11 times and killed him in 2008.
A jury in 2011 acquitted Sheehan of murdering her husband, ex-police officer Raymond Sheehan, in their home, but found her guilty on one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Writing a book about their ex-cop father, who regularly told his son and daughter that he would kill them and their mother, was no easy feat for the children of Barbara Sheehan, a Howard Beach resident acquitted of murder after she shot her husband 11 times in what she said was self- defense.
“In Bed with The Badge: The Barbara Sheehan Story,” was written by Jennifer Sheehan Joyce, 25, now a nurse living with her husband in California, and Raymond Sheehan, 21, who lives in Howard Beach and plans to become a physician’s assistant. It is expected to be released on July 17.
No matter how hard the water came this year, how fast it rushed down narrow side streets and into residents’ basements, leaving in its wake destroyed possessions and a mangled mess of downed trees and snarled wires, South Queens residents did what they’ve always done —tried to stand tall and, when they saw their neighbors’ ceilings crumbling, dropped everything to lend a helping hand.
Steadier than the water, but often seeming even more powerful, this outpouring of help from residents erupted after Hurricane Irene’s devastation, then again when thousands of people banded together to fight cancer — a disease that this year claimed far too many of the people who were essential stitches in closely knit communities — and, most recently, to remind the daughters of slain Police Officer Peter Figoski that they have the emotional and financial backing of South Queens.
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, 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.
Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach mother who was recently acquitted of murdering her husband but faces sentencing on a weapons conviction, was released from Rikers Island on bail Monday.
Sometimes, it takes a village to do more than raise a child.
Sometimes, it takes a village to keep even the strongest of us going, to remind us that when the night falls, the morning always comes.
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.
Each day that Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach woman charged with shooting her husband 11 times, headed to her trial over the past month, a group of individuals clad in purple — the color representing domestic violence awareness — trailed behind her, consistently cramming onto the hard wooden benches in a Kew Gardens courtroom to provide silent support for the defendant.
These people are not family, nor friends — though there are plenty of those in the courtroom as well.
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.
Theirs was a childhood marked by an explosive father, Raymond Sheehan, a man seen as a pillar of the Howard Beach community but who, his son and daughter testified, was a terror inside the home, making them live in constant fear of provoking a fury that resulted in him allegedly beating their mother so frequently that they rarely saw her without bruises.
“I heard my father call my mother a piece of sh** every day,” Raymond Sheehan, 21, said last week at the Queens Supreme Courthouse in Kew Gardens, where his mother, Barbara Sheehan, stands trial for shooting her ex-cop husband 11 times at their Howard Beach home in 2008. “I hated what he did to my mom, to my sister, to me. I hated how he tortured us.”
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.
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.
Police arrest Barbara Sheehan, a Howard Beach resident who admitted she shot her husband, ex-cop Raymond Sheehan, 11 times in February 2008. Sheehan’s trial began in Queens Supreme Court last week.
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.
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.
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.
Death is a dirty job. No one knows that better than Ron Gospodarski, a volunteer paramedic and founder of Bio-Recovery Corp., a trauma- and crime-scene cleanup company that deals with the gruesome grime that most people never get — and usually don’t want — to see.
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.
In what is indicative of a frightening, looming trend, the murder rate in southern Queens has risen. There have been more homicides in the first seven months of 2008 than there were throughout all of 2007.