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Queens Woman, Cleared Of Murdering Husband, Jailed On Gun Conviction

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A Queens woman convicted on weapons charges but cleared in the murder of her husband headed off to prison Wednesday.

Barbara Sheehan will be brought to Rikers Island, where she will await sentencing next month.

On Thursday, a jury acquitted her on charges she murdered her husband, Raymond Sheehan, a former NYPD Sergeant.

Sheehan had said she killed him in self defense after years of abuse.

She was convicted of criminal possession of a weapon, although her attorney plans to appeal.

He is also hoping to reinstate her bail so she can be released tonight.

"Barbara Sheehan isn't going anyplace. I think everybody recognizes that," said Sheehan's attorney, Michael Dowd.

"It's a little bit frustrating thinking she might have to go to jail because we don't think she belongs there. She was definitely defending herself. There's no question about that and the verdict said that. We don't think she should have to be in jail at all," said Sheehan's daughter, Jennifer Joyce.

Sheehan faces a minimum of three and a half years in prison on the gun charge and a maximum of 15 years if the verdict is not overturned.

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