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Wife Pleads In Fatal Shooting Of MWAA Officer

© Leesburg Today - 10/28/2015

Rosangela Spradling, 45, will be sentenced in Loudoun County Circuit Court on Nov. 16 after being convicted in the May 17, 2013, fatal

shooting of her husband in their Sterling home.

She entered Alford pleas, acknowledging that evidence against her was sufficient for convictions but not admitting guilt to charges.

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office detectives determined that there had been a lengthy history of domestic disputes between her and her husband, Steve Spradling, a Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police officer. ""These calls for service documented the behavior of Mr. Spradling as aggressive, uncooperative, argumentative and belligerent and were often associated with his severe alcohol abuse,"" the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office stated.

Leading up to the shooting, the Spradlings were involved in a physical altercation during which Rosangela Spradling was on the floor being strangled by her husband. He released his grip when their children came into the room. She retrieved his firearm and shot him, according to evidence in the case.

""While it is natural to be sympathetic to one that has suffered years of abuse, it doesn't absolve someone of accountability for a homicide, in this case manslaughter,"" Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman stated. ""If you find that someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please encourage them to seek immediate help.""

Spradling is being held without bond in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. She faces up to 25 years in prison.

Victims of domestic violence and those who know someone involved in an abusive relationship are encouraged to contacting the Victim & Witness Assistance Program at 703-777-0417, or the Domestic Abuse Response Team at 703-777-0207. Assistance also is available through the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter at 703-771-7845 or lcsj.org/.

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