‘I love him, I absolutely love him’: Woman describes agonizing night she was forced to kill her husband

‘I love him, I absolutely love him’: Woman describes agonizing night she was forced to kill her husband

Florida state attorneys ruled Thursday that a woman was acting within the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws when she shot and killed her husband on March 22.

Now in an interview with local media, Michelle Dinkins-Penland offered remarks that were forgiving of the man she killed.

“I love him, I absolutely love him, I knew this man was my soul mate,” Dinkins-Penland told WESH News in Orlando, Florida. “And that’s the only reason I stayed and protected him this long.”

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, police responded to a domestic disturbance call at a residence in Ocala, Florida at 9:00 p.m. on March 22. When they arrived, deputies found Mark Penland, 53, suffering from a gunshot wound.

He was transported to hospital in critical condition and died of his injuries several hours later.

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The state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, removes the legal obligation to retreat before using force, even deadly force, in self-defence.

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Dinkins-Perland says the night of the shooting was “the most traumatic night of her life” as her husband became violent with their 14-year-old son.

“He had hit my son, threw my mother down, my mother got up, [and] he punched me in the face,” she said. “And [he] went back after my son, and at that point I shot because I feared for all of our lives.”

Dinkins-Penland says Mark was “a sweetheart” for most of their six-year relationship but suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from his time in the military and refused to seek proper treatment.

“I did let [past incidents] go, because I still hoped he would get help and I loved him dearly,” Dinkins-Penland said.
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“I had to make a decision between the man that I love and the child that I love.”

In deciding not to press charges, the state’s attorney said Dinkins-Penland had a legal concealed carry permit for the .38 calibre handgun used in the shooting, and was justified in using the weapon to protect her and her son’s physical wellbeing.

“My mother-in-law and brother-in-law tell me on a daily basis, I made the right decision,” Dinkins-Penland said. “And that it could have been my funeral, my son’s funeral and my mother’s funeral.”