A 44-year-old Wisconsin woman has been convicted of second-degree murder after shooting truck driver boyfriend David Rosenberg with a 9mm Glock pistol last summer.
Patricia Phillips of Howard, Wis., plead guilty to reckless homicide and aggravated battery and will soon face a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison and a $150,000 fine.
She had originally been charged of first-degree intentional homicide, but attorneys settled on the reduced charge, claiming it still carried a conviction and spared grieving family members from testifying.
Phillips had claimed the shooting was in self-defense, saying Rosenberg tried to choke her and called her obscene names. However, there was no indication of a struggle with Rosenberg in the apartment, nor were there bruise marks on her neck, according to reports.
What’s more, prosecutors said, Phillips told officials that Rosenberg had never struck her in the past. She also told neighbors about seven hours before the shooting that she was unhappy that Rosenberg was in contact with his ex-wife and ‘something’s going down tonight’.
Since the shooting, Phillips has been in the Brown County Jail in place of a $100,000 cash bond where she awaits sentencing by Brown County Circuit Judge Tammy Jo Hock on Sept. 18.
Rosenberg leaves behind a 24-year-old son, Kyle Rosenberg, who says his father taught him the value of a strong work ethic, and that he hopes Phillips will receive the maximum sentence for her crimes.