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Life without parole for Md. woman

A former English teacher has been sentenced to life without parole for killing her estranged husband and firing a shot at their teenage daughter in their Glen Arm home.

Sixty-year-old Mary Koontz was convicted last month of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Jurors rejected arguments from her attorneys that she could not understand what she was doing at the time of the crimes.

A Baltimore County judge sentenced Koontz on Tuesday morning.

Koontz apologized in court to her daughter and her son from a previous marriage, telling them, “You deserve nothing but goodness in your life.”

Her husband, Ronald Koontz, worked for more than 30 years in the Baltimore County school system.

-- The Baltimore Sun

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 10, 2010; 3:03 PM ET
Categories:  Baltimore , From the Courthouse , Homicide , Updates  
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