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Baxter sentenced in shooting death of husband

BY ANDREA MOORE amoore@paducahsun.com

MURRAY - A Murray woman was sentenced to 13 years in prison Monday for the May 2013 shooting death of her husband.

Michelle Baxter, 51, drew the sentence from Circuit Judge Dennis Foust for the first-degree manslaughter of Buddy Baxter.  Foust also sentenced Baxter to 10 years for being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun and five years for tampering with physical evidence, both to run concurrent with the manslaughter charge.

Baxter was initially charged with murder after she told police during interviews following a call to 911 that she shot her husband. She justified the action with claims that he was beating her.

During Monday's sentencing, Foust allowed one of Buddy Baxter's sisters, Danita Carnett of Cabot, Arkansas, to read from a letter prepared by the family.

Carnett looked directly at Baxter and told her that she had created a void that could never be healed. 

"You took Buddy away from us physically but you will never be able to take our memories of him away," Carnett told Baxter.

Buddy Baxter's other sister Dixie Montague of Batesville, Arkansas, said after court that her heart hurts for Michelle Baxter's mother, children and everyone involved, but, she did not feel that Baxter had received enough time for her crimes.

"I just want closure but it was not enough time," Montague said.  

Baxter must serve 85 percent of the 13 years before she is eligible for parole.

Contact Andrea Moore, a Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8684.

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