After serving only 20 months of her 15-year sentence, Tina Talbot is now a free woman. She was supposed to stay behind bars for more than a decade and a half for killing her husband.
Her friends and family were thrilled as the woman walked out of prison with her things in a cardboard box. Tina was also overjoyed to see her 9-year-old son, whom she hadn't seen since March, due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The Michigan woman shot and killed Milosz Szczepanowicz while they were at home in Waterford Township. He was 45 when he was shot dead because of his abusive behavior towards her.
She Didn't Deny Killing Her Husband
When Tina ended up in court, she pleaded guilty to manslaughter. But she insisted she shot the man in self-defense.
She also explained that her late husband had made threats to kill her and their then 7-year-old autistic son. While she was serving time in jail, the boy was living with his grandparents.
She was sent to Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility. Tina had exceeded her minimum required sentence by a few days when she was released.
The Violence At Home
Before Tina shot her husband, he had allegedly smashed a chair onto her arm. He also beat her mercilessly to the point where her spleen got ruptured, her lungs collapsed partially, and her ribs got broken.
However, the man's mother denied Tina's allegations. She insisted that her son was not physically abusive, as his wife claimed.
In fact, she had filed an appeal against Tina's parole. But the judge claimed that it had no merit.
Additionally, it was filed late.
Although Tina is walking free, she is still under the watchful eye of the state. She will remain on probation for at least two years.
Tina Talbot, now in her fifties, was sentenced to serve between 20 months and 15 years in prison for manslaughter. Now she can start life afresh and leave the ugly past behind her.
However, the physical scars she suffered still remain.
She shot her husband in self-defense. It was the only way she could save her life and ensure the safety of her child.