Brattleboro, Vermont - October 12, 2006
Schreiner walked into court smiling and blowing kisses to family members who came to support her. In July of 2004, she bludgeoned her husband of over 40 years to death in the driveway of their West Townshend home. Prosecutors say she snapped after years of abuse from him and his declining mental and physical health.
Schreiner was convicted of the 2nd degree murder in March. Thursday, she was sentence to serve at least 17 years for that crime. The sentence was agreed to by both parties last week.
"I did feel that she should serve life without parole. But, I also thought that to go through the sentencing phase it was going to take a week and I had planned to be here for at least three days of that and I really didn't want to go through with that again," sad Steve Schreiner.
Hope's biological daughter from her first marriage spoke out against the lengthy sentence. She maintained that her mother did not commit the crime and that she should be set free.
"She didn't commit and that she would be free to live the kind of life that I believe my father would have wished her to live," said Deborah Lamb.
Schreiner briefly addressed the court at the sentencing. It was the first time she has spoken publicly since the trial began. But, she took no responsibility for the crime.
"I would just like to thank my family and friends for coming here today. They have been so supportive of me from the first days of this tragedy," Schreiner said.
Schreiner's lack of remorse, and that of her immediate family, did not sit well with the son of the victim.
"You can tell that her one daughter who spoke today is still in denial about it. Still believes she didn't do it. I don't understand that either, because it is pretty clear from the evidence, there is no doubt in my mind anyway," Steve Schreiner said.
The 17 to life sentence means that Schreiner will not be eligible for parole until she is 90 years old.
Adam Sullivan - Channel 3 News