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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Convictions land Pinnick in jail for 23 years

  • A 40-year-old local woman convicted in August of the methamphetamine-laced murder of her husband, as well as drug and firearms charges, was sentenced to 23 years behind bars Wednesday.
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  • marsha.miller@ardmoreite.com
    A 40-year-old local woman convicted in August of the methamphetamine-laced murder of her husband, as well as drug and firearms charges, was sentenced to 23 years behind bars Wednesday.
    LaVonda Sue Pinnick appeared before Associate District Judge Lee Card who ordered her to serve the following sentences:
    • Second-degree murder — 10 years
    • Possession of methamphetamine - 8 years
    • Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony — 5 years.
    Card ordered the sentences to be served consecutively, ramping up the sentence to 23 years. In addition, the second-degree murder conviction also carries the requirement she must serve 85 percent of the 10 years before she can be considered for parole on that conviction and move on to serving the 8-year and 5-year sentences.
    Carter County jurors deliberated 5 hours Aug. 15 before returning the guilty verdicts.
    Pinnick was charged with the slaying of her husband, Vernon Love, at their West Main Street home Oct. 15, 2011. Pinnick, who originally reported her husband had taken his own life, was arrested at the scene on weapons and drug charges. Within days, members of Ardmore Police Department Criminal Investigation and Forensic Divisions had obtained evidence Love had not died by his own hand but the hands of his wife.
    The second-degree murder charge filed by District Attorney Craig Ladd accused the wife of shooting "....Vernon Calvin Love in the head with a black semi-automatic pistol while the defendant was engaged in committing the crime of feloniously pointing a firearm by picking up the black semi-automatic pistol and pointing it .... for the purpose of threatening, whimsy, humor or prank and pulling the trigger ..."
    Wednesday, Ladd commended APD investigators and crime scene analysts for a "good job in preparing the case and preparing for trial," saying the APD's efforts were responsible for Pinnick's conviction on all three charges.

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