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Sundre woman sentenced to four years for shooting husband

CALGARY — A 63-year-old woman convicted of fatally shooting her husband in their west-central Alberta home has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Heather Wilson-Duncan was convicted last month of manslaughter in the death three years ago of her 68-year-old husband Barry Duncan in Sundre.

Wilson-Duncan testified that they had been drinking heavily and were arguing over Christmas decorations when her husband went into their bedroom, returned with a shotgun and urged her to shoot him.

Court heard a 911 tape of her telling a dispatcher that she thought her husband was joking and she didn’t realize the gun was loaded when she pulled the trigger.

Four years is the mandatory minimum for manslaughter with a firearm.

Her lawyer is considering an appeal of the conviction, but has said he won’t challenge the sentence.

Jim Butlin earlier suggested that a four-year sentence would be harsh for a woman with no criminal record and for someone who had been totally compliant with bail conditions.

Wilson-Duncan is to get some credit for time spent in custody. She faces a lifetime weapons ban and must provide a DNA sample.

She was on trial for second-degree murder, but a jury found her guilty on the lesser charge.

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