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Ex-soccer coach gets 7 years for shooting wife

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) - A former assistant soccer coach at Henderson County High School has been sentenced to seven years in prison for manslaughter for the shooting death of his wife.

The Gleaner reported that 37-year-old Steven M. Cotter expressed remorse Monday at what he called the "horrible accident" that led to the death of his wife, Michelle, on May 15, 2012.

Cotter entered an Alford plea in April to second-degree manslaughter. The Alford plea means Cotter acknowledges there's enough evidence to convict him, but that he doesn't admit guilt.

Henderson Circuit Judge Karen Wilson told Cotter that probation would "unduly depreciate" the seriousness of the crime.

Wilson remanded him to Henderson County Detention Center to be held until he is placed in a Kentucky Department of Corrections prison.


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