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Colorado Springs woman sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting husband 19 times

January 24, 2014 Updated: January 24, 2014 at 5:07 pm
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photo - Donna Raylene Kaiser-Anderson Photo by El Paso County Sheriff's Office
Donna Raylene Kaiser-Anderson Photo by El Paso County Sheriff's Office  

A jury on Friday found an El Paso County woman guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband.

Donna Raylene Anderson - also known as Kaiser-Anderson - was sentenced to life in prison without parole immediately after the jury returned its verdict in the January 2013 shooting.

The panel deliberated for less than three hours before handing up sweeping convictions in the case. Her husband, William "Bill" Coffey, 52, had been shot 19 times inside the couple's trailer east of Colorado Springs in what Anderson testified was a case of self-defense.

The jury rejected her version of events after less than four hours of deliberation.

In a twist, the El Paso County sheriff's deputies who discovered Coffey's body last year also found Anderson's 83-year-old mother dead in the home.

An autopsy found the woman died of natural causes.

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