St. Louis woman gets life sentence for killing of brother-in-law
CLAYTON (AP) — A former suburban St. Louis nurse has been sentence to life in prison for the 2014 shooting death of her brother-in-law.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported 63-year-old Denise Hein's sentencing Tuesday in St. Louis County came after a daughter of victim Gary Baranyai implored the judge to imprison Hein for the rest of her life.
Originally charged with first-degree murder, Hein last month was convicted by the judge of second-degree murder. A life sentence in Missouri on the lesser murder count is calculated at 30 years.
Hein was convicted of killing 65-year-old Baranyai in a St. Louis County home.
Hein didn't speak during Tuesday's hearing. Noting Hein's mental illness, her attorney, Scott Rosenblum, said "there's no question this is a very sick lady who is still suffering."
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