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Court slashes prison sentence for woman who killed abusive husband

Helen Naslund may be able to apply for parole by 2022 end

👤 Srimathi Sridharan14 Jan 2022 1:29 PM GMT
Court slashes prison sentence for woman who killed abusive husband
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Alberta: The Alberta Court of Appeal has slashed the prison sentence of a women who shot and killed her abusive husband in 2011, calling the original 18-year term a result of outdated thinking.

Helen Naslund, a grandmother of eight, may be able to apply for parole by the end of 2022 after the court reduced her sentence for manslaughter to nine years.

In a majority decision filed Wednesday, Justice Sheila Greckol called the sentence unduly harsh because it failed to take into account Naslund's 27-year abusive marriage and disregards battered woman syndrome.

"In those rare cases where the proposed sentence would bring the administration of justice into disrepute or would be contrary to the public interest, they should not be accepted," Greckol wrote.