Wife sentenced for killing 1984 Olympic bronze medalist

The wife of a 1984 Olympic medalist is facing life in prison for killing him — a shooting she claimed was self-defense following years of abuse.

The Ventura County Star reports (http://bit.ly/2c3iWxA ) that Jane Laut was sentenced Tuesday to two consecutive terms of 25 years to life — one for first-degree murder and the other for using a gun in the killing.

She was married for 29 years to David Laut, who won a bronze medal in the shot put.

Laut shot him in 2009 at their Oxnard home.

Laut claimed her husband threatened to shoot her and their 10-year-old son and the gun went off as the couple struggled for it.

Prosecutors noted he was shot six times and said Laut stood to gain from her husband's insurance.


Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com