Sharon Edwards guilty of murder of solicitor husband

Sharon Edwards guilty of murder of solicitor husband

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Introduction

In June 2015 Sharon Edwards (42) got married to David Edwards (51) in Las Vegas. Two months later he was dead – stabbed in the chest – the culmination of a prolonged period of domestic violence.

On 8th March 2016, Ms Edwards was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, with a tariff of 20 years.

They had met a year before. Ms Edwards was ‘domineering’ and ‘bullying’. She had punched him and given him a black eye before their wedding, for which they had to make excuses (and use makeup) on the big day.

It seems that the trigger for the killing was Mr Edwards losing his job – something that made Ms Edwards furious – it seems that she liked the idea of being a solicitor’s wife.

 

Sentence

The only sentence for murder is life imprisonment (see here for our fact sheet on sentencing for murder) – the question always is the tariff – the minimum period to be served before the defendant could go before the Parole Board and apply to be released.

Here, the starting point is 15 years. It’s not clear why the tariff was increased by so much. The previous violence from Ms Edwards would account for some, but probably not all, of that.

We will look again if the Sentencing Remarks are published (always useful if they are) but we would expect an appeal against the sentence. On the face of it, the sentence would seem a bit too high.

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Dan is a barrister at 2 Dr. Johnson’s Buildings practising in crime.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Yet earlier on this blog I read that you believed women tend to receive more lenient sentences than men. However where a woman takes the life of a man, and I’ll caveat, the life of a white man in particular but any man and she’ll never see the light of day again.

    Interesting too that in the UK where two women per week are murdered each year by their partner or ex partner that this much more isolated case of women being violent to men makes big headlines.

  2. She’s 42, she probably will see the light of day again.

    L-E-S, I cannot imagine that you would disagree that no matter how you cut the gender mustard, this case calls for a big sentence – but perhaps not quite this big.

    The coverage headlines this case has attracted make your point: it makes the headlines because it so rarely happens – or at least is so rarely prosecuted – this way round. Man, or even woman, bites dog, is news.

    • Yes, I should also have said that I do not condone what she did. She took the life of another person and should of course have been brought to justice.

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