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Ex-NYPD Psychologist Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison for Shooting Husband

By Trevor Kapp | June 8, 2017 5:39pm
 Dr. Emily Dearden shot her husband in the head in a botched murder attempt.
Dr. Emily Dearden shot her husband in the head in a botched murder attempt.
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Westchester County District Attorney

MANHATTAN — The ex-NYPD psychologist, who pleaded guilty in February to shooting her real-estate mogul husband in the head while their children slept just a few feet away, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison by a Westchester County judge on Thursday.

Dr. Emily Dearden, 48, shot her husband, Kenneth, with an antique Derringer inside their Yonkers home in November 2013 in a bid to get rid of him so that she could be with her Texas lover, authorities said.

Kenneth Dearden, also 48, was initially unaware that a .22 bullet had lodged in his jaw. He woke up with pain on the left side of his head that morning and went to an area hospital where doctors determined he’d been shot, prosecutors said.

He spent eight days there and underwent three surgeries to remove the slug, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office said.

Dearden, who counseled troubled officers from the Queens Medical Division, pleaded guilty to attempted assault in February.

She initially told investigators that a burglar broke into their home and shot her husband after she woke up and startled the home invader.

It took investigators more than a year to piece together the case, during which Kenneth Dearden filed a civil suit charging that his wife was having an affair and tried to kill him so she could run off.

In the suit, he said that when he awoke from the shot, he thought he saw Dearden in the room with him.

He then found her with her eyes closed on the floor downstairs. She told him an intruder socked her in the head, according to the suit.

Dearden was also sentenced to two-and-a-half years post-release supervision.