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How-To Video Helps Woman Kill Hubby

March 3, 1998

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ A woman has admitted she killed her husband, a shooting that police said came after she watched an instructional video on using the rifle she purchased at Kmart.

Kathryn Bourgoin, 35, said tearfully in court Monday that she shot Steven Bourgoin with the .22-caliber rifle in their bedroom on Oct. 28, 1997. Several hours later, she shot herself in the chest before calling 911.

The couple’s four children, now teen-agers, were home at the time but don’t remember hearing anything until their mother shot herself, said prosecutor Larry Schultz.

Bourgoin changed her plea from innocent to guilty of intentional murder. Sentencing was set for May 15.

During a court-ordered evaluation, Bourgoin told a therapist she was angry with her 34-year-old husband because he was seeing another woman.

She said in court that she drank and smoked marijuana on the day of the shooting. ``But I don’t remember a whole lot,″ she said.

Schultz said he will seek the maximum 25 1/2-year sentence recommended by state sentencing guidelines.

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