A sentence reduction was denied for a New Underwood woman who killed her Air Force husband, shooting him twice in the head.
Amanda Kaur was sentenced in 2011 to the maximum penalty for manslaughter: 65 years. She testified on her own behalf Thursday. She told Seventh Circuit Judge Robert Mandel that her husband, Ira Kaur, was suicidal and he made 11 attempts to take his own life in the months prior to his death.
In tears, she expressed her sorrow for her actions and her desire to be there for her two children. She maintained that her husband's death was unintentional.
But Pennington County Chief Deputy State's Attorney Lara Roetzel confronted Kaur with a report that showed that Ira Kaur was brain dead after the first shot to the temple. Roetzel argued that Amanda Kaur bought the gun the day prior to the killing and lied about it.
Judge Mandel called Kaur's testimony compelling but said the facts were overwhelming, and her sentence is justified.
Kaur will be 59 years old when she is released from prison.