Kansas woman gets probation in ex-husband’s death

MANHATTAN, Kan. | A 65-year-old Manhattan woman has been granted two years’ probation for the fatal shooting of her ex-husband.

But Martha Potter will spend nearly two years in prison if she violates terms of the probation ordered Wednesday by Riley County District Judge Paul Miller.

Potter had pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the November 2009 shooting of 70-year-old Robert Potter. The two had continued to share a home despite a divorce two months earlier.

The Manhattan Mercury reports that the judge ruled after hearing a psychologist testify that Martha Potter had endured a 40-year marriage marked by physical, emotional and mental abuse.

Riley County Attorney Barry Wilkerson had recommended prison, but he agreed that Potter was not a threat to society.