Sandra Plunkett sentenced to life without parole in shooting death of ex-JCPD husband

And seven years for second-degree charges; public defender files for appeal

Sandra Plunkett has received life in prison without parole for the murder of her husband, former Jefferson City Police Department officer Paul Plunkett.

The Holts Summit woman also received seven years in prison concurrently for armed criminal action charges in her sentencing hearing 9 a.m. Monday at the Callaway County Courthouse. A request for a retrial by her public defender was denied.

County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson told presiding judge Gary Oxenhandler that Plunkett waived jury sentencing for a concurrent seven-year sentence on the second-degree charges. First-degree murder carries a minimum sentence of life without probation or parole in Missouri.

Plunkett told Oxenhandler she had no comment on the sentencing. Following the sentencing, Public Defender Justin Carver filed for an appeal.

Plunkett was arrested in January 2011 for the shooting death of her husband, who was found in his bed. Plunkett originally told officers she had seen a man in camouflage leaving the area with a rifle, but eventually confessed to the murder.

During the trial, she said Paul Plunkett was abusive and the murder was in self defense. The prosecution attested that Sandra Plunkett had a drug habit and the murder was to collect on a life insurance policy.

Plunkett was found guilty Jan. 10 after the jury deliberated for three hours.

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