Woman gets life term for Missouri killing of brother-in-law

     (AP) – A former suburban St. Louis nurse has been sentenced to life

in prison for the 2014 shooting death of her brother-in-law.

     The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 63-year-old Denise Hein’s sentencing

Tuesday in St. Louis County came after a daughter of victim Gary Baranyai

implored the judge to imprison Hein for the rest of her life.

     Originally charged with first-degree murder, Hein last month was convicted by

the judge of second-degree murder. A life sentence in Missouri on the lesser

murder count is calculated at 30 years.

     Hein was convicted of killing 65-year-old Baranyai in a St. Louis County home.

     Hein didn’t speak during Tuesday’s hearing. Noting Hein’s mental illness, her

attorney, Scott Rosenblum, said “there’s no question this is a very sick lady

who is still suffering.”


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