A former New York Police Department psychologist shot her husband in the head to avoid a divorce in 2013 as their two daughters slept just feet away. He survived the attack and this week he testified in court that she has a lack of remorse, according to New York Daily News.
Emily Dearden, 48, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on Thursday. She initially faced 25 years on the attempted murder charge but through a plea bargain, her sentence was shortened. As part of her plea, according to the Associated Press, Dearden revealed her failed murder plot.
She admitted she tried to murder her husband, Kenneth, to avoid a turbulent divorce so that she could run off with lover Warren Roudebush. She shot her husband, a wealthy real estate developer, in the head in their Yonkers home at 4 a.m. in Nov. 2013 while he slept. The couple’s children were sleeping just a few feet away. Originally, according to the AP, the wife claimed an intruder was in the home who knocked her unconscious.
Kenneth Dearden recalled waking up with severe pain in his jaw, according to ABC 7. He found his wife lying on the floor in another room. The husband had three surgeries to remove the bullet and to repair a severed artery, according to the New York Daily News.
After the sentencing, Kenneth Dearden told ABC 7, “I feel justice was served, but my kids still suffer.”
He is reportedly planning to sue his wife for damages in a civil case.
"You cemented for all time your legacy, a legacy that sadly you left to your children, your two daughters. A legacy that their mother shot their father in the head while he slept," said Westchester Supreme Court Judge Barry Warhit during Thursday’s sentencing.