- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A Marion County woman who shot and killed her husband in December has been sentenced to five years of probation.

Carolyn DiMatteo, 63, was sentenced on Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide, The Statesman Journal reported (https://is.gd/H1G3ZB ). In addition to probation, DiMatteo has been ordered to complete 60 hours of community service and to pay $200 in fines and $1,045 in victim restitution.

DiMatteo was arrested Dec. 26 after calling 911 and saying she had shot and killed her husband, 69-year-old Joseph DiMatteo, at their trailer near Lyons.

“There’s nothing to help, he’s dead,” she said after the dispatcher instructed her to perform CPR.

According to court documents, DiMatteo told investigators that her husband was yelling at her and went for a gun in their cupboard. She said she retrieved the gun first and shot him. She said she did not intend to kill her husband.

At sentencing, Marion County Circuit Court Judge Dale Penn said DiMatteo’s long, documented history as a victim of domestic violence was one of the factors that swayed him to grant her probation instead of prison time.

Relatives of the DiMatteos attended the sentencing and gave different opinions about the judge’s leniency.

Joseph DiMatteo’s former stepson, Chad Frazier, wrote in a letter that his stepfather was not a bad man when sober but that he became violent when he drank. He said he hoped Carol DiMatteo would not get prison time.

However Jane Garrison, Joseph DiMatteo’s daughter, said it wasn’t nearly enough

“I think this sentence sucks. My dad’s life was worth more than 60 hours,” Garrison said in court. “Carol, I’m sorry my dad beat you. I wish you would have left a long time ago.”

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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