HOWARD BEACH, NY (PIX11)—Riker's Island is only a few miles away from Howard Beach, yet getting from one location to the other took weeks for Barbara Sheehan. Acquitted of gunning down her husband Raymond on October 6th, the mother of two is finally home. She was allowed to exit Riker's, after her family put up five homes to make the bail of $1-milion dollars.
PIX 11 spoke exclusively with the Sheehan on the steps of the same Howard Beach home where she shot her abusive husband Raymond 11 times back in February 2008.
When asked what it was like to be home and surrounded by family? "It's going to be wonderful. I still haven't gotten into that bathtub that I wanted to get into, but I'm going to. I have too many people coming over, but I'm going to do that, and then I'm going to relax. I'm going to climb into my bed and it's going to be very, very, very peaceful and hopefully I'm going to get a very good night's sleep tonight," said Sheehan.
The 52-year-old mother of two was jailed for nearly two weeks. On Friday, her family endured an emotional grinder of jailhouse musical chairs. First she was out, then back in, out again, and back in for the weekend, Sheehan admitted she didn't know what was really happening on the outside, "No, I didn't know until they called me out of my room and they told me to come to intake. Which I was very excited, because I thought 'ok, great I'm going home, and I said give me my bag so I can pack my stuff and they told me don't pack.'"
During the exclusive front porch conversation, Sheehan provided a candid assessment of her life behind bars and shared her personal scorecard, "Frustrated yes. Upset yes. Justice system cannot disgust. Very upset with that. Corrections department fine. Inmates wonderful." Did the other female inmates know your story? "Yes they all did. They all knew my story and you know what? They were all 100% behind me and Building 8, I love you, because they were there for me and they supported me."
Sheehan also added that this last stint at Riker's triggered something inside her. In fact, while out on bail, she plans on returning to jail, "It taught me that there are a lot of people there that have nobody, and you know what, maybe that is where I need to be sometime, to help those people," said Sheehan. "I have a lot of phone numbers and inmate numbers and you know what, that is what I'm going to do. I'm going to do that, because that is where I belong, and I hope that I can. I know that I'm going to lose my job in a couple of days, but that's ok because whatever I can do to help somebody, I'll be able to help them, and that is what I'm going to do."
Near the end of the interview, Sheehan added that she doesn't think she should lose her job as a a school secretary, however she understands the Department of Education's viewpoint. Sheehan also is confident that she will win her appeal and get her job back.