UPDATE: Woman Who Killed Boyfriend Denied Early Parole

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 10/3/13 @ 9:25 a.m.
JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A woman who killed her ex-boyfriend has been denied early parole.

Donna Wheeler was convicted of killing James T. Sparks at her home on Barber Branch in Johnson County in 2010.

Wheeler was initially charged with murder, but a jury convicted her on the lesser charge of manslaughter.

She was sentenced to 14 1/2 years in prison.

Wheeler asked for early parole, claiming she was a victim of domestic violence, and that's why she killed Sparks.

But that request was denied.

She will not be eligible for parole until she serves 85% of her sentence.



UPDATE 6/18/11 @ 9:24 a.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A woman convicted of killing her ex-boyfriend is headed to prison.

A Johnson County judge followed the jury's recommendation and sentenced Donna Wheeler to 14 and a half years in prison Friday.

Prosecutors say Wheeler shot James T. Sparks at her home on Barber Branch last year.

She was initially charged with murder, but a jury convicted her on the lesser charge of manslaughter back in May.



UPDATE 5/25/11 @ 7:00 a.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A Johnson County woman has
been found guilty of manslaughter in the death of her former boyfriend.

The jury returned the verdict against Donna Wheeler on Tuesday.

James Spark was shot to death at Wheeler's home last April.

The jury recommended a sentence of 14 and a half years.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/24/11
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The first witnesses have testified in the murder trial of a woman from Johnson County.

Donna Wheeler is charged with the shooting death of her former boyfriend James Sparks in April 2010. The shooting happened at her home on Barber Branch.

The trial began Monday in Johnson County Circuit Court.
Johnson County Sheriff Deputies say Wheeler admitted to
shooting Sparks.

The first deputy on scene says he found Sparks dead outside the home, next to the front porch. Officials say he was shot in the back.

Deputies testified several rounds were fired from the gun and there was a smell of alcohol and beer cans at the house.

Defense attorneys pointed out this was not the first time deputies responded to the home. They had several police reports for problems at the house between Wheeler and Sparks.

The trial continues with more testimony on Tuesday.


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