Ben Wheeler woman sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of a Brownsboro man

Published on Thursday, 12 October 2017 19:46 - Written by LOUANNA CAMPBELL, lcampbell@tylerpaper.com

A Ben Wheeler woman was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of a man she admitted to shooting during a confrontation at her home. 

Danna Lynn Busby, 55, was charged with the murder of Wendell Harris, 54, of Brownsboro in March 2016, according to a news release from the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office. 

A Henderson County jury found Busby guilty July 21 after a week of testimony and arguments by counsel.

Busby opted to have the 173rd District Court Judge assess her punishment after a pre-sentence investigation report. The judge handed down the sentence Wednesday after the punishment hearing. 

Busby claimed she was defending her daughter and herself from an assault, which arose from a confrontation between Harris and the daughter at their home in Brownsboro.

The jury did not find Busby’s actions justified and, in assessing the sentence, the judge rejected a finding of sudden passion as requested by the defense. 

Such a finding would have reduced the penalty range from five years to 99 years or life, to a sentence between two years and 20 years.  

Under Texas law, Busby will become eligible for parole after serving half of her sentence. Eligibility for parole does not guarantee that parole will be granted.

 

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