Woman gets 20-year sentence for shoot...

Woman gets 20-year sentence for shooting husband

There are 18 comments on the KYTV Springfield story from Mar 9, 2007, titled Woman gets 20-year sentence for shooting husband. In it, KYTV Springfield reports that:

A woman from Springfield received a 20- year prison sentence on Friday for the shooting death of her husband.

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snark

Dillon, SC

#1 Mar 9, 2007
Court records indicate Donna Biernacki submitted three protection order requests against her husband since 1997, including a Nov. 17 request that was scheduled for a Dec. 16 family court hearing.

she might have been able to claim spousal abuse but she staged a suicide and that was her downfall.
Joanna

Elmer, NJ

#2 Oct 26, 2011
I'm guessing she feared her husband, but once she shot him (which probably wasn't her intentions until he showed up at the house when he wasn't suppose to be there) she wasn't thinking, got scared and wanted it to look as if he did it to himself. The history of abuse alone should have helped in her defense, according to all the public records.... Fear makes you do things without thought, and fear makes you try to cover up your mistakes so your not judged.
MemyselfandI

Springfield, MO

#3 Oct 27, 2011
Joanna- Amen
alicia

Blackwater, MO

#4 Jul 31, 2012
I know Donna personally and i hope her apeeals set her free in the future. James was a worthless abusive husband whom she feared but will never have to fear again. may he burn in hell and donna be alive well and free in the years to come. i miss u
RIP Jimmy

United States

#5 Nov 26, 2012
James was actually smaller then Donna, and she abused him repeatedly, considering he was raised to not hit women. She had called him over that day, saying she was having problems with the computer, not him unexpectedly showing up. She earlier, before he arrived shot a hole in the floor, got the casing and drove it to another location to dispose of it. She tried telling the officers he tried killing himself, forgetting that he was left handed. She deserves to rot behind bars for all the days of her lives, she is a COLD BLOODED KILLER, who took the father of four young girls. Jimmy does not derserve to burn in hell, I did not realize Alicia that you are perfect, although with a statement like that I surely hope you burn! Jimmy will never get a second chance, she does not deserve one EVER!!
Hello kitty

Prairie Village, KS

#6 Oct 8, 2013
Is Donna still in Prison? Where is she serving? How are her girls? I drive by her old house everyday still can't believe it
Stop Taking Her Side

Springfield, MO

#7 Dec 2, 2013
Hello kitty wrote:
Is Donna still in Prison? Where is she serving? How are her girls? I drive by her old house everyday still can't believe it
her girls are fine they are all doing great...
dazzle

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Jan 6, 2014
I know donna and she is a beautiful woman inside and out i hope she gets out soon. She does not deserve to be in prison. Her husband was an abusive sob. She was protecting herself. I love you Donna M Biernacki I hope to see you soon.l
alicia

United States

#9 Feb 27, 2014
Donna serving and chillacothe Missouri. it's been some time since I've seen her also and I miss her and love her everyday too she is not forgotten as for myself being perfect when I knew and was with Donna I felt perfect and it's a sad thing that a man had to die but he deserved it why else would a wife shooter husband and what was supposedly cold bloodwomen do not just wake up and decide to kill their husbandswho cares if he was smaller than she was most women who are abused do not see size they see their life is in danger and they act sometimes appropriately sometimes not no one will know in this case weather what she did was the right thing or not.
Linda

Flemington, NJ

#10 Jul 28, 2014
Was Donna originally from Cambria Heights? I've been searching for my old friend for decades. Hard to believe that this is she. Biernacki would have been her maiden name, not her husband's name.
Hush

Columbia, MO

#11 Nov 7, 2014
I know donna personally i used to be around her all the time and abused or not shooting and killing the father of her children was not the way to go she could've left she was given several chances to leave and stayed she was the dumb one in the situation and should've gotten help rather than murdering him he was a pussy!!!!!!!!!!
Jamielee022014

Ozark, MO

#12 Jan 4, 2015
Hello kitty wrote:
Is Donna still in Prison? Where is she serving? How are her girls? I drive by her old house everyday still can't believe it
I am her 2nd daughter. We are all ok. The oldest is 24, joined the military after high school, got out went to the police academy and now works in Springfield at chase. I am about to graduate from college of the Ozarks and got married this year. The younger is having her problems but is doing ok. She is almost 17 and the youngest lives in North Carolina with our aunt and is doing great. My mom still has 10 years left and is in Chillicothe Correctional center. You can write her there. I'm sure she would love to hear from you.:)
hello kitty

United States

#13 Dec 17, 2015
Stop Taking Her Side wrote:
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her girls are fine they are all doing great...
Never said I was taking her side. I knew the both of them well. He was always nice and never once had an issue with him. I lost contact for while and this happend. I often think of the girls. Last time I seen Jimmy he was standing out in his drive way. I drove by and he waved at me. To this day when I drive by I see this image. I was just wondering what hapend to Donna as in Prison etc. Thank you for letting me know about the girls.( Brandi )
hello kitty

United States

#14 Dec 17, 2015
Jamielee022014 wrote:
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I am her 2nd daughter. We are all ok. The oldest is 24, joined the military after high school, got out went to the police academy and now works in Springfield at chase. I am about to graduate from college of the Ozarks and got married this year. The younger is having her problems but is doing ok. She is almost 17 and the youngest lives in North Carolina with our aunt and is doing great. My mom still has 10 years left and is in Chillicothe Correctional center. You can write her there. I'm sure she would love to hear from you.:)
Oh wow hi Jamie !! do you remeber me Brandi? My son would come over Skylar??? That's wonderful for you all.I have thought of you all so much. I did for while lose little bit contact with your mom. Then this happend. I'm so sorry and I go by your old house daily..I actual moved in the area and miss visiting. Kirsten (sp) That's really awesome .very proud of you too!!!!! I will check back on here for you :-D
hello kitty

United States

#15 Dec 17, 2015
hello kitty wrote:
<quoted text>
Oh wow hi Jamie !! do you remeber me Brandi? My son would come over Skylar??? That's wonderful for you all.I have thought of you all so much. I did for while lose little bit contact with your mom. Then this happend. I'm so sorry and I go by your old house daily..I actual moved in the area and miss visiting. Kirsten (sp) That's really awesome .very proud of you too!!!!! I will check back on here for you :-D
I would just need her ID number
hello kitty

United States

#16 Dec 17, 2015
Hope to hear from you again Jamie.
hello kitty

United States

#17 Dec 19, 2015
hello kitty wrote:
<quoted text> I would just need her ID number
*remember
MissingDonna

Cameron, MO

#18 Sep 22, 2016
RIP Jimmy wrote:
James was actually smaller then Donna, and she abused him repeatedly, considering he was raised to not hit women. She had called him over that day, saying she was having problems with the computer, not him unexpectedly showing up. She earlier, before he arrived shot a hole in the floor, got the casing and drove it to another location to dispose of it. She tried telling the officers he tried killing himself, forgetting that he was left handed. She deserves to rot behind bars for all the days of her lives, she is a COLD BLOODED KILLER, who took the father of four young girls. Jimmy does not derserve to burn in hell, I did not realize Alicia that you are perfect, although with a statement like that I surely hope you burn! Jimmy will never get a second chance, she does not deserve one EVER!!
I know Donna personally! Yes she did take the father of their 4 girls but that the same 4 girls that we're either around during his abuse to their mother or they were victims of his abuse be it sexually verbal mental whatever. In my opion Donna did what she had to do to save herself and her girls. Jimmy had a lot of problems but several people tried to help change him and refused the help. Donna gave her whole family everything that she could. I miss them both dearly but I feel all parties are at fault here and for his family to constantly sit there and talk shit on her where her children can see is very disrespectful. Maybe you should consider everyone not just him.

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