Woman to serve 23 years for fatal shooting

FLORENCE, Ariz. - An Arizona woman who says she shot her girlfriend in self-defense has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.

The Casa Grande Dispatch reports 57-year-old Michele Butler apologized to the family of her partner Kimberly Shelton during her sentencing hearing on Monday.
    
Butler was accused of shooting Shelton twice and leaving her for dead in 2015 outside of the couple's home in Red Rock, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Tucson.
    
Butler has previously said that Shelton had threatened to kill her and her pet chicken before the shooting.
    
A jury found Butler guilty of second-degree murder in April.
    
Butler will receive credit for the time she has already served at the Pinal County jail.
    
She intends to appeal her sentence.
 

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