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Benton City Woman Receives Prison Sentence

KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Benton City woman who shot and killed her boyfriend received her prison sentence Wednesday.

49-year-old Sharon McDonald accepted responsibility for second degree manslaughter charges and said goodbye to family and friends.

There were a lot of feelings of pain and remorse in the Benton County Superior Courtroom. McDonald admited her guilt back in October.

Prosecutors recommended she receive the standard sentence for 2nd degree manslaughter - 21 to 27 months. But her defense argued, McDonald must live with the horror the accident everyday of her life. And asked the judge for a sentence below the minimal amount. That's something the victim's family could not accept.

"Well at minimal, we didn't get to say goodbye, we never did. At minimal, he's not coming back in 27 months. At minimal is not for us," said Tim Nelson, raised by the victim.   

After listening to both sides the judge sentenced McDonald to 24 months in prison, in between the standard range. She said McDonald does show remorse, but still owes a debt to society.

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