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Former Alberta teacher convicted of murdering husband granted bail

Deborah Doonanco appears in court in St. Paul, Alta. Oct. 18, 2016. Vinesh Pratap, Global News

An Alberta woman sentenced to life in prison for killing her husband and setting her home on fire has been granted bail pending her appeal.

A jury found Deborah Doonanco guilty in November of second-degree murder, arson and interfering with human remains in Kevin Feland’s death.

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Feland’s body was found in Doonanco’s home in Glendon, northeast of Edmonton, in 2014.

Doonanco called 911 to report a fire at the residence.

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Her lawyer had argued it was self defence and Doonanco was in a dissociative state at the time because of battered woman syndrome.

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Justice Ronald Berger said Doonanco can be released on $20,000 bail without deposit, citing letters of support and a psychological assessment report that recounts physical, verbal and sexual abuse she suffered during her relationship with Feland.

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