The Queens mother acquitted of murdering her husband is technically still employed by New York’s Department of Education.
Barabara Sheehan is currently serving time in jail on gun charges relating to the death of her husband, Raymond Sheehan, a former NYPD cop.
Sheehan had admitted to fatally shooting her husband 11 times in the family’s Howard Beach home on Febuary 18, 2008, but claimed she acted in self defense after enduring decades of domestic abuse.
She is employed as school secretary at Intermediate School 364 in Brooklyn, earning $50,000-a-year. However city officials confirmed to the New York Post this week that they are seeking her dismissal after she was found guilty of a felony.
After a gripping murder trial, jurors found the mother-of-two not guilty of murder, but guilty of gun possession, after she shot her husband with two guns which were licensed to him. The court heard that Sheehan was subjected to decades of domestic and verbal abuse by her husband. Her colleagues from the Brooklyn school testified during the trial that Sheehan had come to work with bruises which she had attempted to cover up.
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“She went into the ladies room, and I followed her,” said school safety officer Valerie Levant during the trial. “She took off the shades, and she had two black eyes.”
The Queens woman is in jail while she awaits sentencing next month for gun possession charges, which could carry up to 15 years in jail.
Her attorney, Irish-American Michael Dowd, is trying to get her out on bail. He intends to appeal her gun conviction. If it is reversed, Sheehan could return to her job, with back pay, the New York Post reports.