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Woman guilty in shooting of ex-husband; gets up to 20 years |

Woman guilty in shooting of ex-husband; gets up to 20 years

Bobby Kerlik
| Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12:00 a.m

The former wife of a North Hills orthopaedic surgeon will spend up to 20 years in prison for shooting her husband in a Pine neighborhood.

Lynne Agnew, 48, who was separated from her husband and living in Shadyside at the time, pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted homicide and aggravated assault stemming from the shooting of Daniel K. Agnew, 45, on April 5, 2009.

Police say Lynne Agnew shot her estranged husband in the chest and torso before running into his house on Salem Heights Drive. He survived.

She surrendered after a three-hour standoff with police and the Allegheny County SWAT team.

Lynne Agnew pleaded guilty in exchange for the prison sentence, which could be as short as nine years. Common Pleas Judge Jill E. Rangos approved the plea deal.

“I deeply, deeply regret that this occurred,” Agnew told the judge. “I’ve caused a great number of people to suffer anguish, and I am very sorry — very much so.”

The Agnews, who now are divorced, have a 17-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter.

Defense attorney Bill Difenderfer said he didn’t know what led to the shooting.

Daniel Agnew filed for divorce Feb. 14, 2008, according to court records. That same day, she filed a protection-from-abuse petition and sought custody of the couple’s children. All records in the matter are sealed.

Daniel Agnew was in court yesterday but did not make a statement.

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