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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 19, 1997
Author: Special to the Journal Sentinel
Rejecting a Town of Darien woman’s contention that she shot her violent husband in self-defense, a judge Thursday sentenced the woman to 30 years in prison. Denise Kirmsse, 41, had told sheriff’s deputies she killed her estranged husband, Richard Kirmsse, 60, after he “struck and kicked” her, and pounded her head against the wall during an argument June 29 at their former home. Kirmsse, who pleaded no contest in October to second-degree intentional homicide, said she found the pistol lying on a couch and pointed it at him, thinking the safety was on.