Hamilton gets life for murder

ALBANY, Ga. -- Marlina Von Hamilton was sentenced to life in prison Monday morning in the shooting death of her ex-husband, Christopher Donaldson, last October.

Hamilton, 33, will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

Dougherty Superior Court Chief Judge Willie Lockette sentenced Hamilton Monday morning in the courtroom at the Dougherty County Jail.

"The (victim's) family is satisfied with the sentence," Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said afterward. "He (Lockette) could have given her life without parole, but the sentence he imposed is appropriate according to the factors of the case."

Hamilton was convicted by a Dougherty County jury last month for the Oct. 12, 2010, death of Donaldson, who was 32 at the time of his death. Donaldson was shot in the penis and chest.

Hamilton contended that the shooting was in self defense as a result of abusive treatment by Donaldson. District Attorney Greg Edwards said Hamilton did not seek help from authorities for any domestic abuse complaints and that she prepared to shoot Donaldson by borrowing the murder weapon three days before the slaying.