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Woman Sentenced To Life In Prison For Killing Husband While He Slept

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Booking photo of Karen Biraghi.  (credit: Hernando County Sheriff's Office)

Booking photo of Karen Biraghi. (credit: Hernando County Sheriff’s Office)

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BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) – A Tampa Bay area woman has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting her husband as he slept on their couch on Christmas Eve 2011.

A Hernando County judge sentenced 41-year-old Karen Biraghi on Thursday. She pleaded guilty in January to second-degree murder.

The judge that sentenced Biraghi has sentenced half a dozen defendants to life in prison over the past 28 months.

“This defendant is at least as deserving, and in the judgment of the court, more so, of the same treatment,” the judge said during the sentencing, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “Ma’am, I hope you do find some good purpose in your incarceration.”

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Biraghi and her husband, Alan, had both been unfaithful in the time leading up to the shooting. Biraghi had a sexual encounter with a neighbor, and her husband was planning to move in with another woman.

A psychologist testified that Biraghi suffers from multiple disorders and has the coping skills of an adolescent because of physical and sexual abuse suffered as a child and, later, by her first husband. Biraghi also abused alcohol and pain pills.

Biraghi’s attorneys asked the judge to levy the sentence due to her mental health issues.

“I want additional help, and I want to be there for my daughter,” the Times reported Biraghi told the judge.

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