Barbara Sheehan, aquitted of murdering her ex-cop husband, jailed in advance of her Nov. sentencing

BY Thomas Zambito
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Wednesday, October 12th 2011, 11:39 AM

The Queens school secretary acquitted of gunning down her ex-cop husband in an 11-shot barrage has been cuffed and led off to jail to await a November sentencing on a gun charge.

Barbara Sheehan surrendered Wednesday morning in Queens Supreme Court after a judge gave her the weekend to say goodbye to family and friends.

“We love you, Mom,” her daughter, Jennifer Joyce, said as Sheehan hauled off through a courtroom door into a holding cell.

Sheehan, sporting a black hooded sweatshirt, appeared to pop several pills on the way into court. Her lawyer told a judge she’ll need medical attention for high blood pressure and anxiety while she’s locked up.

Sheehan, 50, declined to comment.

Her brother-in-law, Vincent Sheehan, claims she got away with murder.

“I believe the evidence was clear in this case and I believe she got away with it,” said Vincent, whose twin brother Raymond, 49, was slain on Feb. 18, 2008, in his Howard Beach home.

Sheehan’s lawyer will go before a panel of state Appellate Division judges Wednesday afternoon to ask that his client be freed on bail until a Nov. 10 sentencing, when she faces up to 15 years in prison on the gun possession charge.

He said his client is not a flight risk.

“Barbara Sheehan isn’t going anywhere, and I hope everybody recognizes that,” said lawyer Michael Dowd. “She was definitely harmed and doesn’t need to be in jail.”

Sheehan told jurors she was acting in self-defense after nearly two decades of physical abuse when she fired five shots from her husband’s .38-caliber service revolver while he shaved.

After Raymond Sheehan fell to the floor, his wife said she fired six more shots from a semiautomatic Glock pistol her husband kept in the bathroom because she feared for her life.

Queens prosecutors dispute Sheehan’s version, claiming she coldly blew away her husband because she “despised” him for forcing her into kinky sex play with other couples.

Once Sheehan receives a sentence, Dowd is expected to argue that his client deserves less than the mandatory minimum three and a half year sentence for the gun charge because she was a victim of domestic violence.

Dowd also said he’ll challenge a judge’s pre-trial ruling preventing him from calling to the stand an expert witness who evaluated Sheehan and would have told jurors she exhibited the telltale traits of a battered woman.

“She was definitely defending herself,” said Joyce, her eyes reddened from tears. “There’s no question about that. The verdict said that.”

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