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Life sentence upheld for former Upshur Co. jailer who killed her 10th husband

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POSTED: Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 11:05am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 8:06pm

The life sentence for a former Upshur County jailer who was found guilty of killing her 10th husband in 2011, has been upheld by the Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana.

Sharon Anne Maxwell, was sentenced to life in prison  in August 2012 after she was found guilty of slaying her 10th husband, Gordon Maxwell, on August 30, 2011, at their home off State Highway 155, just north of Gilmer.

Evidence showed in the early morning hours of August 30, 2011, Gordon Maxwell left Lone Star Steel, where he worked, and got to their house around 7:00 a.m. He and Sharon Maxwell took their kids to school at Ore City and got back home around 8:00 a.m. 

According to the Upshur County District Attorney's Office,  the two began to argue after Gordon found out Sharon was cheating on him and he decided to leave her. Reports state Sharon then pulled a .22 caliber revolver and shot him four times. She then drug Gordon's body out the back door and into his truck and poured gasoline all over it before setting it on fire.

The autopsy of Gordon's body revealed there was no smoke in his lungs indicating he was dead prior to being set on fire.

Sharon never testified during her trial and her lawyer spoke on her behalf.

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