By Joyce Hensley

Staff writer

PENDLETON — Kathleen Ruth Blankenship was found guilty Tuesday of murdering her husband.

The family of murder victim Walter Blankenship said justice was served when a Umatilla County Circuit Court jury found Blankenship, 40, guilty of first-degree murder after deliberating for three hours.

"I totally feel she deserved murder one," said Mary Kligel of Pendleton, one of the victim's sisters. "I honestly believe she needs to sit the rest of her life in prison and think about what she did. My brother suffered. And now, when his three boys want to talk to their dad, they have to go to a cold, hard stone. And Kathy's boys have lost their mother."

Blankenship's attorney, Kathleen Bergland, had told the jury that the defendant had been under extreme emotional disturbance when she shot her husband, three times on April 6, 2001 in their Hermiston home on Cooney Lane.

The jury disagreed.

(For the full story please see the March 28, 2003, issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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