Kopenkoskey gets 18-35 years for killing husband
An Emmet County woman has been sentenced to 18-35 years behind bars for the murder her husband.
Carol Kopenkoskey stood before the judge today and made a tearful statement apologizing for killing her husband Lyle Kopenkoskey.
"I am so sorry for what I have done, I am ashamed of myself," Kopenkoskey said in court. "I still don't know what came over me and made me snap to do such an evil thing."
Carol Kopenkoskey plead guilty to 2nd degree murder on January 22nd after new evidence surfaced in the case.
She was arrested for driving her husband Lyle out to Kiebel Rd. in Petoskey on October 2, 2012 where she shot him five times.
She also admitted that after the murder, she took apart the gun and hid it in a chimney near Cross Village.
At a later date, Kopenkoskey said she drove across the Mackinac Bridge with John Ernst, a man she says she was having an affair with, and threw the pieces of the gun out the window into the water.
As part of a plea agreement Kopenkoskey will agreed to testify against any co-defendants. John Ernst has been arrested and is facing perjury charges.
Tuesday, Lyle's brother Carl addressed Carol and the court.
"It's been a long journey through the judicial system not just for me, my family, and her family," Carl Kopenkoskey said. "Someday it will be judgment day where Carol will have to stand before our maker, Lord have mercy on her soul."