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Irish man's partner jailed over gun killing

A WOMAN who fatally shot her Irish boyfriend has been sentenced to a year in prison in Florida.

Wendy Hanks (33) shot father-of-one Darren Haverty multiple times during a fight in a cabin in a remote area in the central part of the state.

The Dubliner was found dead at the scene, six miles from the nearest main road and more than a dozen miles from the closest town.

The 39-year-old, with an infant daughter, is originally from Greenhills.

He is believed to have been additionally shot in the head after he was dead.


The pair were believed to have been in an altercation at the time of the murder.

Hanks was initially charged last August with premeditated murder, but she eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter with a firearm in a deal with the prosecution.

She was sentenced to a year in the Osceola County Jail just days before Christmas last year, with 24 days of time served to be taken into account.

The sentence was handed down after an emotional victim impact statement from the dead man's family was read out in court.

"Words cannot express the pain and anguish our family has endured since Darren's murder," they wrote to Judge Mark Blechman.