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"Nice" Murderer Sentenced For Killing Sister
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 1, 2006

LARGO, FLORIDA--Barbara Ann Burns has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting her sister in the head.

Burns, 55, had been charged with first-degree murder for killing her sister Debbie, who had mental disabilities. But she pleaded guilty to manslaughter, thereby avoiding a possible sentence of life in prison, the St. Petersburg Times reported.

Burns' public defender said she had no prior criminal history. The prosecutor said he did not expect Burns to be a danger to anyone in the future. Even the detective who investigated the case called Burns "the nicest murderer I've ever met".

Burns fatally shot Debbie on August 15, 2004. She moved away from the house six weeks later, leaving her sister's body inside. Workers hired to remove objects from the house discovered Debbie's body in May 2005.

With time served, Burns could be out of prison in 12 years.


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