The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 25, 2013

Missouri Supreme Court denies appeal in Sheena Eastburn case


From staff reports

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A decision by the Circuit Court of McDonald County to not grant a new trial to Sheena Eastburn was upheld today in a unanimous decision by the Missouri Supreme Court.

Eastburn was sentenced in 1995 to life in prison with no chance for parole for killing her ex-husband.

Kent Gipson, Eastburn’s attorney, said today the court decided the appeal on a procedural issue.

He also said Eastburn has no grounds to take her case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court took no action on whether Eastburn would be impacted by a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that forbids a life sentence without parole for juveniles. Eastburn was 17 when she was found guilty of killing Tim Eastburn near Rocky Comfort in 1992.