Alberta woman who killed husband sentenced to life in prison
Deborah Doonanco won't be eligible for parole for 13 years for second-degree murder
An Alberta woman has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 13 years for killing her husband and setting her home on fire.
A jury found Deborah Doonanco, 53, guilty in November of second-degree murder, arson and interfering with human remains in Kevin Feland's death.
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Feland's body was found in Doonanco's home in Glendon, Alta., on May 25, 2014. Doonanco called 911 to report a fire at the residence.
Her lawyer, Brian Beresh, argued it was self defence and Doonanco was in a dissociative state at the time because of battered woman syndrome.
The Crown argued Doonanco was not fearful of her life and was in control of a number of things in her and Feland's relationship, including their finances.
Beresh told court Feland was so out of control, the incident could have easily become a murder-suicide if his client had not taken action.
"[He was] an extremely abusive man, someone who was a heavy crack-cocaine user."
The Crown said it believed Doonanco killed Feland to get him out of her house and life.
Glendon is about 200 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.