Holly Ridge woman pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder in husband’s death

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Onslow County woman accused of killing her husband then setting their house on fire accepted a plea deal Thursday.

Sherry Poindexter pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of her husband, Barry.

The victim’s family sat quietly as Poindexter’s attorney read them her apology. He described the night of the murder as full of extreme stress and depression that led to Poindexter shooting her husband twice.

She pleaded guilty on Thursday to shooting her husband twice on December 26, 2014 after an argument over money.

District Attorney Ernie Lee said after the murder Poindexter withdrew nearly $30,000 from the couple’s joint bank account to give to her children.

After returning home, she set the master bedroom on fire.

Lee said the victim’s family is glad Poindexter accepted the plea rather than going to trial.

“They feel a real sense of relief right now,” said Ernie Lee, Onslow County District Attorney. “This is something that’s been hanging over them since December 26 of 2014, quite some time. They feel a lot of relief they’re glad it’s behind them. They’re glad she got a significant substantial sentence and they’re glad to get some closure.”

The judge sentenced Poindexter to a minimum of 22 years and a maximum of 27 years in prison. Her sentence includes the time she’s already served while waiting for the trial.

While in prison, she will undergo a psychological evaluation.

The defense said Poindexter didn’t want to go through the trial process and was eager to accept the plea. The defense also said she was suffering from depression at the time of the murder.

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