Alberta woman sentenced to life for husband's murder granted bail
Deborah Doonanco admitted to the crimes but claimed self-defence
An Alberta woman sentenced to life in prison for killing her husband and setting her home on fire has been granted bail pending her appeal.
A jury found Deborah Doonanco, a former teacher, guilty in November of second-degree murder, arson and interfering with human remains in Kevin Feland's death.
Doonanco admitted to the crimes but pleaded not guilty. She claimed self-defence, insisting she shot Kevin Feland at her Glendon, Alta., home in May 2014 to save her own life.
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Her lawyer had argued it was self defence and Doonanco was in a dissociative state at the time because of battered woman syndrome.
Justice Ronald Berger says Doonanco can be released on $20,000 bail without deposit, citing letters of support and a psychological assessment report that recounts physical, verbal and sexual abuse she suffered during her relationship with Feland.