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3. Julene Simko convicted of murder nearly a decade after her husband's death

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    Julene Simko cries as she enters the court for her sentencing.

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    Julene Simko, with her attorney Jack Bradley, looks over at her family after being sentenced to 28 to life for the murder of her husband

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    Attorney Jack Bradley talks to his client Julene Simko following her sentencing for the murder of her husband. She was sentenced to 28 to life.

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    Julene Simko listens with defense attorney Jack Bradley in Judge Mark Betleski's court at the Lorain County Justice Center on Sept. 13.

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    Julene Simko is led from the court by a sheriffs deputy after being found guilty on all counts for the killing of her husband Jeremy Simko.

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    Julene Simko appears in court on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 26.

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    Julene Simko appears in court on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 26.

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    Lorain County Prosecutor's Office investigator Rick Thomas testifies Thursday about evidence gathered in the investigation into the homicide of Jeremy Simko.

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    Julene Simko listens during her trial Thursday morning in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.

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    Julene Simko, along with her defense team of Michael Stepanik (left) and Jack Bradley, watched a video statement Wednesday afternoon she gave investigators in November 2013.

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    Defendant Julene Simko appears in court with attorney Jack Bradley as attorney Michael Stepanik, left, examines a witness in court Thursday afternoon.

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    KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE Defendent Julene Simko wipes a tear from her eye as she appears in court with attorney Jack Bradley on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 14.

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    Julene Simko listens with defense attorney Jack Bradley in Judge Mark Betleski's court at the Lorain County Justice Center on Sept. 13.

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    Julene Simko listens with defense attorney Jack Bradley in Judge Mark Betleski's court at the Lorain County Justice Center on Sept. 13.

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    Julene Simko waits in court during a break in her trial before Judge Mark Betleski, who is seen leaving the bench.

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Eight years after Jeremy Simko was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head in his Vermilion home, his father, Robert Simko, said the family finally has justice.

That came in the form of a prison sentence of 28 years to life in prison for Jeremy Simko’s wife, Julene Simko.

Prosecutors argued that Julene Simko, 39, of Vermilion, used a .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson revolver to shoot her husband in the back of the head while he was sleeping in their North Ridge Road home in 2009. Julene Simko’s defense team said an intruder – either a burglar or someone with an axe to grind – was to blame for the shooting.

Julene Simko and her defense team chose to forego a jury trial, and instead asked for a bench trial where Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski heard the case and rendered a verdict. Julene Simko’s attorneys have filed an appeal in the case on her behalf.



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