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Cheryl McCafferty sentenced

Cheryl McCafferty is led to the courtroom in handcuffs for sentencing Cheryl McCafferty is led to the courtroom in handcuffs for sentencing

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - Cheryl McCafferty, the Fort Thomas woman who killed her husband, has been sentenced to 18 years.

Instead of relying on a jury to recommend a sentence, McCafferty's attorneys worked out a deal for the mother of two to spend the next 18 years in prison.

She waived her right to appeal, but will be eligible for parole after serving 20 percent of her sentence, which is three years and seven months. She will get credit for her time already served, 21 months. That means she will be eligible for parole in early 2011.

She will be eligible for parole after the 20 percent because she will be deemed as a victim of domestic violence by the court.

McCafferty was found guilty on Monday of First Degree Manslaughter. That conviction carried 10 to 20 years in prison.

McCafferty was led to court in handcuffs Tuesday morning, symbolizing her change from defendant to convicted.

When asked if she was satisfied with the sentence, prosecutor Michelle Snodgrass hesitated before saying, "The family is satisfied. The Commonwealth is satisfied. All that we wanted is for the jury to come back and say that she was guilty, and she was."

Snodgrass said she's satisfied with the sentencing deal because the family won't have to deal with an appeal.

"It's over," she said.

Defense attorney Deanna Dennison said she is also satisfied with the sentence.

"The domestic violence specification was key," she said. "She'll be eligible for parole in 3.7 years, and with the specification, we think she has a good chance of getting out."

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