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Mom Sentenced In Shooting That Paralyzed Son

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LAS VEGAS (KXNT/AP) — A Nevada woman who was convicted of shooting and paralyzing her son decades after she was acquitted of her husband’s death will spend 13 to 41 years behind bars.

Linda Cooney was sentenced by Judge Betsy Gonzalez on 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. She faces decades in prison on the charges.

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.

A Florida jury acquitted Linda Cooney of murdering her husband James Cooney in 1992, saying she shot him in self-defense.

Kevin Cooney defended his mother in both trials.

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