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Woman sentenced to 10 years for shooting husband

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Despite being troubled by some of the comments stated by members of the victim's family, Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress agreed with a recommendation to have Betty Jane Harder serve the next 10 years in prison.

Harder had entered a plea on the amended charge of manslaughter in the 2010 shooting death of her husband, Ross "Andy" Harder.

Originally, she was charged with murder.

Under terms of the plea agreement, Harder would receive a 10-year prison sentence. 

Members of the deceased's family spoke in opposition to any early release during Wednesday's final sentencing hearing.

Harder showed no emotion when the judge's decision was reached.

Assistant commonwealth attorney Michael Ferguson said the family had been upset with her for years and vented their frustration to the court. However, they agreed with the plea agreement.

The Class C felony is classified as a non-violent offense and would not be subject to the 85 percent serve-out provision.

See the complete story later this week on www.pioneernews.net or on Monday in The Pioneer News.