The fight to lower a woman's 18-year sentence for killing her abusive husband


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An Alberta woman who admitted to fatally shooting her husband is now fighting to have her 18-year sentence for manslaughter reduced.

In 2017, Helen Naslund admitted to shooting her abusive husband Miles in the head in 2011, and hiding his body with the help of one of their sons.

Edmonton Journal reporter Jonny Wakefield joins me to discuss the events that led to the killing, why the sentence was as long as it is, and why Helen’s appeal is arguing the sentence shows the justice system doesn’t understand violence against women.

Background reading: 'Women who kill to survive': Court hears appeal from Helen Naslund, sentenced to 18 years for killing abusive husband

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