32-year sentence for 71-year old woman convicted of killing husband
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
32 years in prison-- that's the sentence for a 71-year old Jupiter woman convicted of killing her husband in the exclusive Admirals Cove community.
It's the end, for now, to a bizarre murder case that saw Donna Horwitz blame the killing on her own son as her defense at trial.
"I just pretty much feel bad for everybody," said Radley Horwitz, son of both the victim and killer in case, following Thursday's sentencing hearing.
"I still can't help but feel a little bad for my mom," said Radley. "It's pretty much the only family that's left."
Earlier in the year, a jury found Donna Horwitz guilty of second degree murder in what was a retrial.
Donna Horwitz killed her husband Lanny Horwitz in 2011, while he showered at the couple's home in Admirals Cove in Jupiter.
Her defense attorney, Joseph Walsh, asked for no more than the mandatory minimum 25 years.
The victim's sister and prosecutor Aleathea McRoberts asked for life, the same sentence Horwitz received after her first trial, when she was convicted of first degree murder.
"A woman who supposedly was loving, by all accounts, and caring, has chosen for six years to perpetuate to the community and the media that her only child did this crime," McRoberts told the judge.
In pronouncing the 32-year sentence, Chief Judge Krista Marx said she respected the jury's decision to convict on second degree.
"It's obvious from all the testimony I received that this was a dysfunctional family situation," said Judge Marx.
"But there's no explaining how you took a gun and shot him that many times while he was in the shower," the judge continued.
Horwitz's legal team said afterward there were several matters that could be used in an appeal, including a juror issue that surfaced after the trial.
"We lost the battle, but hopefully not the war," said Horwitz attorney Grey Tesh. "This case will be appealed."
Radley Horwitz said he just wants to move on.
"Just appreciate what you have, and no matter what happens in life, just bite your tongue and hold your temper," he said.