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Western Kentucky woman's 30-year sentence in slaying of husband upheld by high court

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FRANKFORT, Kentucky — The 30-year prison sentence of a western Kentucky woman in the death of her husband has been upheld by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

The justices on Thursday ruled that 53-year-old Donna Gaines failed to raise any issues that would warrant a new trial or sentencing in the 2009 slaying of Greg Sigler in Ohio County.

Gaines pleaded guilty to shooting Sigler and told a judge she did it because her husband stole money from her and tried to take her truck and that she needed to stand up for herself. Gaines also claimed to be a victim of domestic abuse, which would have shortened her prison sentence.

A judge rejected that finding, prompting the appeal.

Gaines is being held at the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex in Fredonia.

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