Guilty: McCafferty jury returns

Cheryl McCafferty
Cheryl McCafferty

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NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - A Campbell County jury found Cheryl McCafferty guilty of First Degree Manslaughter on Monday.

McCafferty shot and killed her husband, Bob, in June of 2007.

The jury returned the victim after three and a half hours of deliberation. The conviction carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison.  The jury will meet Tuesday morning to discuss sentencing.

The verdict is less than what prosecutors wanted. They were trying for a murder conviction, which could have carried a sentence of life in prison.

"I think it's a victory for the defense. She could be out earlier than ten years according to the sentencing guidelines, so I think it's clearly a victory for the defense, though the state did get a conviction," said FOX19 legal analyst Mike Allen. "It's a stunning development that it happened so quickly."

"She was charged with murder, and so we got manslaughter, and we're happy," said defense attorney Deanna Dennison.

Prosecutor Michelle Snodgrass didn't want to talk about the conviction until sentencing was complete.

"I appreciate what you all are trying to do, but if we could wait until then I think that's what would be the best thing to do," she said.

As the verdict was read, Cheryl McCafferty didn't show any emotion. Her family and Bob's family were also emotionless.

"I'm really not sure how to feel," said Ron Dill, a friend of the McCaffertys. "I looked forward to  this day, but they, you know, they were both friends."