LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas woman acquitted of killing her ex-husband two decades ago was sentenced Wednesday to spend from 13 to 41 years in prison for shooting and paralyzing her son.
Linda Cooney appeared in a Las Vegas court Wednesday morning. A jury in April found the 66-year-old mother guilty of attempted murder, battery with a deadly weapon and intimidating a witness.
"I always protected, defended and loved my son and I would never intentionally harm him," Cooney told the court.
Prosecutors say she shot Kevin Cooney on June 28, 2011, while they fought about his then-girlfriend, Karina Taylor. Defense lawyers say Kevin Cooney attacked his mother and the gun went off accidentally. Cooney has defended his mother throughout the trial.
"This woman is a clear and present danger to everyone in society that crosses her path," said prosecutor Michael Staudaher.
A Florida jury acquitted her of murdering her ex-husband James Cooney in 1992, saying she shot him in self-defense. She used the same gun in both shootings.
"All of this has been truly heartbreaking," said Robert Cooney, her former brother-in-law.
Linda Cooney, a former Florida socialite, was emotional and cried during the sentencing. She told the judge she was innocent and had been wrongfully convicted in her son's shooting.
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