Woman Imprisoned For Killing Abusive Husband Could Get Released Early

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January 25, 2020 - 1:23 pm
Tina Talbot

Tina Talbot (Booking photo)

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WATERFORD (WWJ) - A Waterford woman convicted of killing her husband could have her sentence commuted by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Tina Talbot, 52, is serving 20 months to 15 years at the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility for killing her husband in 2018. Her defense lawyer argued that the killing happened after a days-long stretch of beatings by Talbot's husband, 45-year-old Milosz Szczepanowicz. 

Talbot never denied shooting Szczepanowicz in the backyard of their Waterford home, and pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

Talbot has a meeting next week with a member of the Michigan Department of Corrections Parole Board, who could recommend early parole to the full board. And if Governor Whitmer agrees to commute the sentence, Talbot could be set free early.

Authorities say Talbot called 911 on September 14, 2018 to report that she had killed her husband. Officers found his body in the backyard of the couple's home on Meadowood Street, near Cooley Lake and Lochhaven roads.

The couple’s son, who was also allegedly abused by Szczepanowicz, was at home at the time of the shooting, but was unharmed. 

Family and friends described Szczepanowicz as a controlling monster who abused Talbot for decades. She reportedly went through a four-day stretch of beatings and sexual abuse from Szczepanowicz, which ended with his murder. At the time of the shooting, Talbot had two partially collapsed lungs, a lacerated spleen, broken arm, broken wrist, severe trauma on her right thigh and a damaged sternum, according to attorneys.

Relatives speaking to The Oakland Press said it was a "do-or-die" situation for Talbot, who underwent surgery and spent several days hospitalized after the killing.

Talbot pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 months to 15 years in prison. Her earliest release date is currently November 13, 2020, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections. 

Attorneys say Talbot isn't a criminal but a victim of domestic violence who doesn't belong behind bars. They say Talbot suffered violent physical abuse for more than 20 years and sought help from domestic violence shelters, friends and family, but was never able to fully leave.